Just Spaces

Criminal defendants around the world are increasingly being placed in glass-framed docks, or even cages, in the courtroom. Courts in Australia, Europe and the US have found that the right to a fair trial can be jeopardised by this practice. This project, for the first time, tests this important claim under experimental conditions. It develops protocols for human rights compliant courtrooms, taking advantage of new wireless technologies that permit flexible furniture arrangements and customised security measures.


  • Professor David Tait, University of Western Sydney
  • Professor Warrick Sarre, University of South Australia
  • Dr Blake McKimmie, University of Queensland
  • Dr Meredith Rossner, University of Western Sydney
  • Diane Jones, PTW Architects
  • Professor May Rose, University of Text, Austin
  • Paul Katsieris, Katsieris Origami
  • Mariano De Duonni, Hassell Pty Ltd



  • Tait, D., Sarre, W. T., McKimmie, B. M., Rossner, M., Jones, D., Rose, M., Katsieris, P., & De Duonni, M. (2012). $205,000 over four years. Just spaces: Security without prejudice in the wireless courtroom. ARC Linkage Grant Scheme (LP120200288)



  • McDonald, L. W., Tait, D., Gelb, K., Rossner, M., & McKimmie, B. M. (Accepted 3 November, 2015). Digital evidence in the jury room: The impact of technology on the jury.¬†Current Issues in Criminal Justice.