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February 2007

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Eyes On Accessibility

Members of the Courthouse Access Advisory Committee of the U.S. Access Board were recently invited to tour a courtroom mockup built by the AO and the General Services Administration. The mockup has the same dimensions as a standard U.S. district courtroom, which allows the committee members to try out sightlines, test accessibility, and make suggestions for changes. Chief Judge Joseph Bataillon (D. Neb.), chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Space and Facilities, accompanied the committee on its tour. "The courts are for everyone, regardless of any access issue," Bataillon said. "It is important for us to have courtrooms that the public can useā€”and I mean all of the public." The Courthouse Access Advisory Committee includes among its members legal professionals, architects, disability advocates, and accessibility experts.