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Courtroom Diagram

Updated: Sep 11

Know your way around the courtroom before you go to court.


Diagram of a typical courtroom in Spokane County. (Not to scale)


1 – Courtroom Clerk


The Clerk keeps track of the evidence that is and is not admitted during a trial.








2 – The Bench


Where the Judge sits whenever he or she is presiding over a legal matter.








3 – Witness Box


Where a witness sits during questioning during a legal proceeding.

















4 – Court Reporter


The court reporter takes notes on everything that is said during a legal proceeding.








5 – The Well


The empty space between the attorney tables (#7 and #9) and the Bench (#2).









6 – Jury Box


The seats where a jury sits during trial.










7 – Respondent / Defendant table


The table where a respondent / defendant sits with his or her attorney during a legal proceeding.








8 – Lectern


The podium where an attorney or party may speak to the judge with the aid of a microphone (some courtrooms do not have a lectern).















9 – Petitioner / Plaintiff table


The table where a petitioner / plaintiff sit during a legal proceeding. The Bar often has a swinging door to allow attorneys and their clients into the Gallery.






10 – The Bar


The short half-wall that separates the Gallery from the attorneys.









11 – The Gallery


The benches or seats where the public may view a court proceeding.


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