July 9-13 hundreds of judicial administration professionals and judges from around the world gather at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Washington, D.C. for the annual National Association for Court Management (NACM) and International Association for Court Administration (IACA) Joint International Conference.

This year’s conference focus, “Excellence on a Global Scale,” and features an impressive list of expert panelists, including Executive Vice President Frank J. Greene, FAIA and Senior Vice President Robert Fisch, AICP, LEED AP.

Transforming the Public Experience of Justice: Three Countries, One Goal

July 10, 2017 | 10:30-11:30am
Hyatt Regency Crystal City – Washington Ballroom

Frank Greene, CGL
Noel Doherty, Irish Courts Service
Harold Epineuse, Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice
Barbara Marcille, Circuit Court Portland, Oregon

Greene and fellow panelists explore the role of courthouse design in improving perceptions of effectiveness and fairness among the public they serve. Through the use of innovative technology, sustainable environments, and flexible layouts with clear wayfinding, courthouses can help brand the justice system as relevant and effective. Court administrators play a vital role in this process, collaborating with judges, attorneys, officials, and designers to leverage expertise and achieve high performance outcomes. This dynamic is at play in both the Civil and Common Law courts of North America and Europe. The panelists discuss common themes, compare key differences, and explore the forces driving change as shown in their new courthouse buildings.

Designing for Dignity and Fairness in Contemporary Courthouses

July 11, 2017 | 10:15-11:30am
Hyatt Regency Crystal City – Conference Theater

Robert Fisch, CGL
James Beight, Dewberry Architects Inc.
Noel Doherty, Irish Courts Service
David Insinga, U.S. General Services Administration
David Tait, Western Sydney University

Courthouses must impart a broad range of values, inclusive of dignity, stability, permanence, fairness and equality. How can courthouse design successfully portray the important role of the courts in society, addressing needs of security and functionality, while also providing equity and fairness in the judicial process, especially as it relates to the fair treatment of the defendants, witnesses, and jurors? In this session, Fisch and fellow panelists provide an international perspective on the design of the contemporary courthouse and explore the expression of the courthouse as a major civic icon while also reviewing the effects of design and processes on participants in the justice system.