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Location Setup for Court of Appeals Guidelines

Physical Layout:
Auditorium or similar facility that can accommodate the following. Please see diagram below for layout of the following.:
  • Room with an entrance close to judges' bench to allow judges to robe.  This can be a screened-off area
  • For judges:  
    One long table on risers, with skirting, and three chairs.  
    This can be an eight-foot table or two six-foot tables pushed together.
    If judges are up higher on a stage, it is not necessary to add risers.
  • For bailiff:  
    One table, no less than five feet, and 2 chairs
  • Two counsel tables, each with two chairs
  • One podium
  • 1 U.S. flag--situate on right and behind of presiding judge
    1 state flag--situate on left and behind of presiding judge
  • Seating for audience
 
 The School is Asked to Provide:
  • Designated parking area (10 spaces if possible) for judges, counsel, and bailiff (the bailiff brings the "traveling court" equipment and needs the space closest to the entrance to the "courtroom")
  • Map of school complex, identifying area where arguments will be heard and parking area
  • Bell schedule for classes (if the bell schedule will be followed)
  • Audio/sound equipment to amplify arguments to audience (4 microphones for court use and, if available, 1 microphone for audience use in asking questions of court)
  • Door monitors (to provide limited activity during arguments)
  • Bottles of water or pitchers of water and cups for judges and counsel
The Court Will Provide:
  • Copies of summaries of the cases (these will come to you prior to the court sitting)
  • The argument schedule
  • A copy of bench sheet indicating the cases and attorneys that will be arguing
Courtroom Etiquette:
  • The audience should stand when the judges enter or leave the "courtroom"
  • Attentiveness to speakers
  • Please communicate to the students that they should stand and talk loudly when asking questions (or use the microphone, if provided)
  • No cell phones
  • Please refrain from:
    Talking
    Changing seats
    Hats/caps
    Gum
    Food and drink
    Sunglasses
    Slouching in seats
    Sleeping
    Taking pictures other than at designated times.  Permission to take pictures must be obtained from the court prior to arguments.
Layout Diagram:   ​

Image of Courtroom Layout