Chapter 14: Courthouse Security
Judges' Chambers Suite
Entry. A CCTV camera, intercom, and electric door strike must be provided at the
visitor entry door to restricted circulation and at the suite entrance. The system must be
monitored and controlled from the secretary workstation and from one of the law clerk
offices in the suite. Electronically-controlled entry doors must be fail-secure.
Duress Alarm Devices. Duress alarm devices must be installed in the chambers suite
under the secretary's desk, judge's desk, and one law clerk's desk, with all three
reporting as a single zone to the USMS Command and Control Center.
Windows. Ballistic-resistant glazing (UL Standard 752, Level VIII) is required for
exterior windows in all judges' chambers suites located on the ground floor or directly
adjacent (within 24 feet or 7300 mm) to public parking structures and elevated
Emergency Lighting. Emergency lighting must be provided for selected lighting units
in the judge's private chambers, reference/conference room, and circulation spaces
within the suite.
Entry. The judges' conference room, robing room, and conference/robing room must
have key locks or an electronic access control device. Electronic locks should be fail-
Duress Alarm Devices. The judges' conference room, robing room, and
conference/robing room, as well as the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) suite, must
each have at least one duress alarm device. The duress alarm devices must be connected
to the USMS Command and Control Center.
CCTV Camera. A CCTV camera must be provided for the public lobby areas outside
each courtroom. Cameras are monitored in the USMS Command and Control Center.
Emergency Lighting. The judges' conference room, robing room, and
conference/robing room must have emergency lighting.
Duress Alarm Devices. A duress alarm device must be provided at the jury check-in
counter, located in the jury assembly area and at the trial jury and grand jury suite
Emergency Lighting. Emergency lighting must be provided in the jury assembly area,
trial jury suite, and grand jury suite.