Attorney Lounge

in larger urban courthouses a lounge may be provided for use by attorneys while waiting for trials to begin or during recesses. The area can be used for group meetings, conferences with colleagues, making telephone calls, preparing for court, and for reading or writing. The benefit of an attorney lounge is that attorneys are more likely to remain in the courthouse between hearings or during recesses where they are readily available when needed in court. It also deters attorneys from waiting in clerical or other areas where they may interrupt the work of the court.


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Design and Image

The attorney lounge should include areas for relaxation as well as for work.
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Space

The size of the attorney lounge may vary from 200 to 1,000 square feet, depending on the size of the courthouse and local bar association.
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Environment

The room should have natural lighting if possible and be well ventilated and air conditioned.
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Needs of Persons with Disabilities

The lounge should be accessible to persons with disabilities.
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Adjacency and Circulation

The location of the attorney lounge is flexible, although consideration should be given to placing it near the courtrooms, as well as near the law library.
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Accessibility

It should be entered through the public circulation zone.
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Security

No special security is required.
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Furnishings

The lounge should be furnished with sofas and chairs as well as work tables and chairs.
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Technology

Telephone jacks should be installed. The lounge may be furnished by the local Bar Association. Equipment may include a fax machine, duplicating machines, computers, and printers.


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General Court Support
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Space Planning Standards



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