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1 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Facilities and Legal Reform Projects Presentation for the Core Course on Legal and Judicial Reform for World Bank Staff January 11-14, 2005.

2 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Gerald Thacker Administrative Office, US Courts –Assistant Director for Facilities, Security, and Administrative Services US General Services Administration –Commissioner, Public Buildings Service – Head, Public Buildings Service, Atlanta Region

3 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Gerald Thacker (cont.) Consultant on Judicial support systems, primarily on court facilities program –Architectural firms –US Federal Courts Administrative Office –US State Courts –International Courts World Bank –Venezuela, Guatemala, Philippines USAID –Montenegro

4 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 The US Federal Courts Model Not a good model for International courts An adversarial system Extensive use of juries US not a unified system Resource rich Mature legal and internal governing system Mature support system Centrality of courthouses in US towns and cities

5 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Facilities in Legal Reform Projects A necessary tool Appropriate Facilities are Essential to the Administration of Justice –Impact of Facilities on Efficient, Effective Judicial Operations –Independent Judiciary Judicial Involvement is Essential to Obtaining Appropriate Facilities

6 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Appropriate Facilities Contribute to Judicial Reform Objectives Protection of human rights Foundation of Economic Development Independence of the judiciary Timely, consistent, legally-correct resolution of legal disputes Reduction of case backlogs Transparent, open, responsive and accountable functioning of the courts Capacity of the judiciary to formulate and implement changes in court organization, practices and performance over the longer term

7 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Facilities in Legal Reform Projects Courtroom –Adequate space for jurors –Adequate space for public observers –Separation of litigants for privacy Courthouse –Adequate space for consolidated clerks office –Adequate space for records –Adequate space for evidence storage –Separated circulation patterns –Appropriate environment for automation

8 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Integrated Courthouse Automation Current and Future Needs Design Implications/Costs and Alternatives Courthouse Courtroom

9 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Automation in the Courthouse Business Processes Electronic Filing Case Administration Recordkeeping Public Access Security Telecommunications Building Operating/Fire & Life Safety

10 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Automation in the Courtroom Presentation of Testimony Presentation of Evidence Taking the Record Access to Ancillary Information In-Court Case Administration Public Access Security

11 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 The Smart Courthouse Equipment Communications –Cabling –Equipment connections –Outside Access –Control Switching Infrastructure –Conduit –Power –Lighting –Sound Reinforcement –Accommodation –Lines of Sight –Flexibility

12 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Facilities in Legal Reform Projects Demonstration projects Master Plans for System-wide upgrades Allocation of resources Alternatives

13 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Facilities in Legal Reform Projects Inevitably controls the projects critical path Long lead time Relative expense

14 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Facilities in Legal Reform Projects Construction is the last choice Not the First

15 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Timeframes Up to 2000 M 2 : 9 to 14 months –2 to 3 months to develop scope of work and contract for design –3 months to design –2 months to contract for construction –6 months to construct 10,000 M 2 and up: 3 to 5 years –3 to 6 months to develop scope of work and contract for design –6 months to design –3 months to contract for construction –24 to 36 months to construct

16 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005

17 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Timeframes Multiple projects cant always proceed concurrently –Limits of courts –Limits of design and construction community –Availability of construction materials –Weather –Topography

18 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Timeframes Successful techniques –Limit major new construction –Design Build –Pattern designs –Multiple construction awards

19 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Facilities in Legal Reform Projects Just a tool –IT –Training –Human Resources –Case Management –Court organization/administration –Budgeting and financial management –Facilities Supports other project goalsnot a project goal itself Facilities component should be tied directly to other project goals

20 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Example: Linking Facilities Investments to Reform Goals

21 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Facilities in Legal Reform Projects Pre-Project Program Assessment General condition of facilities to support reforms Ability of court/government to implement facilities component Current resource allocation Support for on-going maintenance and operations

22 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Comprehensive Facilities Program Functional Assessment/Profile Design Guide Document Current Conditions Long Range Facility Plans Multi-year Capital Plan (prioritization) Yearly Revisions to Long Range Facility Plans and Capital Plan On-going maintenance and oversight

23 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Design Guide Purpose and Use Describes the unique characteristics of courthouses in the Judicial system For Judges, court staff, architects, engineers Directly applicable for new construction Useful for renovations

24 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Design Guide Elements Types of spaces Activities/functions Typical furniture/sizes Appropriate office sizes Appropriate adjacencies Any requirement different from other government buildings –Lighting/Electrical –Security –Wall/floor finishes/telecommunicati ons –Location –Landscaping –Handicapped access –Façade design/appearance –Built-in furniture –Signage –Heating/air conditioning

25 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Design Guide Spaces Described Courthouse exterior Interior spaces –Main Entrance/Public Lobby –Courtroom –President Judges office –President Judges secretarys office –Judges office –Intake offices Civil Criminal Executing Interior spaces (cont.) –Court Archive –Typists office –Accountant office –Special spaces Housekeeper's office Coffee Bar Conference Room Server/computer wiring room Telephone switching room Holding cell Evidence/seized property room

26 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Long Range Facility Plans for Each Facility Document Current conditions Identify needed repairs Determine future plans/needs Create inventory of projects –Maintenance –Repairs –Alterations –New facilities Estimate costs for each project

27 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Develop a Multi-Year (3-5) Capital Plan Prioritize projects Assign to budget years –Priorities –Costs –Available funding Reorder/revise plan based on –Government action on previous budget years plan –New Information about facility needs

28 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Suggested Criteria for Prioritizing Health and safety of employees Overall building structural integrity Security of employees and judicial process Operating efficiencies and economies Caseload impacted

29 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Priorities and Relative Importance Immediate Need Long-term Need Maximu m Score Health & Safety Building Structure Security Operating Efficiencies Impact on Caseload105

30 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Facilities in Legal Reform Projects Architecturally attractive Prominent siting Appropriate indigenous materials Durable construction materials Interior functionality and flexibility Local participation in design

31 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 San Luis Indigenous Court

32 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 San Jose JP Court

33 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Office Interior Libertidad

34 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Natural Ventilation San Andrus

35 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005

36 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Some Useful Websites Americans with Disabilities Act Serviceability/functionality –International Centre for Facilities cebe.comwww.icf- cebe.com Standards, reference documents, etc. –Whole Building Design Guide

37 P. Gerald Thacker Courts Consultant 2005 Thank you. Questions?


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