U.S. Courts Design Guide
The structure of the leased space must accommodate loads associated with a
judge's reference/conference room.
Acoustical privacy must be assured.
Library space must be designed in accordance with Guide standards set forth in
Chapter 8, as well as the following criteria:
The structure of the leased space must accommodate loads associated with
library book stacks.
Court Buildings Housing One to Three
Judiciary-related offices such as the U.S. Probation Office, Pretrial Services Office,
and Federal Defender are smaller in courthouses with one to three courtrooms. In
addition, there is generally no special proceedings courtroom in smaller court
Due to the reduced number of security personnel in smaller court locations, alternative
security arrangements can be required. For example, a separate employee entrance
should not be provided; instead, employees should enter through a secured public
In small court buildings with one U.S. District Court (USDC) or magistrate judge
courtroom, the USMS Command and Control Center must be located adjacent to the
rear of the courtroom. The location must not compromise the separation of restricted
and secure circulation patterns, and must allow for public access to the USMS office
counter. Judicial and USMS parking areas can be combined. Judges' elevators can be
controlled by key access.