The Latest in Courtroom Accessibility

A recent article titled, “The New Accessible Courtroom” in Correctional News by Mr. Robert Schwartz, with HOK, addresses the current ADA Standards, also known as the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and how they apply to providing accessibility in courtrooms.


While ramps provide one option, they have a large impact on available square footage.  The use of ramps requires extra space to be dedicated for ramp use only. In new construction, the extra square footage required may be easier to achieve cost wise.  However, in an existing courthouse undergoing renovations, the space required for ramps is seldom available.

When square footage is limited either in new construction or renovations, courtroom wheelchair lifts provide the most efficient and cost effective use of available space.  Lift-U’s Accessor Courtroom wheelchair lifts have proven to be a responsible and reliable option for hundreds of installations.  The Accessor Courtroom Lifts exist within the confines of the judge’s bench, clerk station and witness stand areas.  These specific Courtroom Lifts are used in new construction and renovation projects.  When accessibility is needed and square footage is at a premium, LIFT-U’s all-electric Courtroom Lifts are an excellent choice.


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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