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Court standards and design guide (withdrawn)

Court standards and design guide (withdrawn)

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Comprehensive guidance for designing court buildings, covering site selection, analysis and layout, form and massing, planning, architecture and selection of architects. Contains sections dealing with various types of courts: magistrates’, crown, county, judiciary and magistrates, district judges, jury, custody, advocates, non-HMCS staff, catering, public space, office design, court office, tribunals, probate, office support service, common facilities, storage areas, car park, sustainable development, electrical, alarms and information and communications technology (ICT), air, water and acoustics, furniture and furnishings, finishes and materials, provision for disabled people, fire safety, security, locks and key mastering, libraries, signs, specific design features, health and safety and existing buildings.


The 2010 Court Standards and Design Guide was withdrawn some time ago by HMCTS and has not been formally replaced. Supersedes: Court standards and design guide, MoJ 2007.


Publisher History

Formerly known as the Department for Constitutional Affairs, the Ministry of Justice are responsible for making sure the criminal justice system is transparent, fair and responsive.



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