The Development of the Modern Day Courtroom Lift

Article By: Don Oehrlein, Lift-U Division of Hogan Mfg., Inc.
Date: 11/28/11

Courtroom Lifts came into being in the mid-1990s to meet the newly implemented ADA requirements of providing accessibility in public buildings. Most lift installations were designed on-site and installed without a lot of coordination between the architect, the lift manufacturer, and the millwork contractor. The lifts were often unreliable for a number of reasons, causing Court Administrators to form negative opinions about Courtroom Lifts.


The Department of Justice and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Revised the Standards for Accessible design on September 15, 2010.


Enforcing the ADA

A Status Report from the Department of Justice

This Status Report covers the ADA activities of the Department of Justice during the third quarter (July – September) of 2010. This report, previous status reports, and a wide range of other ADA information, including the consent decrees and formal settlement agreements mentioned in this report, are available through the Department’s ADA Home Page at