Courtroom seating chart revealed for Casey Anthony trial

By Marla Weech, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Casey Anthony trial will take place in Courtroom 23, on the top level of the Orange County Courthouse.

A new seating chart reveals where Casey will sit -- and it's not where we've seen her sitting before.

Rather than being positioned at an angle to a jury box, as she has during the pretrial hearings, Casey Anthony will sit directly across from the box, facing the jurors.

Courtroom 23, also known as the Roger A. Barker Courtroom, is one of the largest in Orange County, featuring large, floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony area with additional seating for high-profile trials like this one.

That balcony will be filled with the national media, as well as the general public.

The public will also sit on the floor level, behind the row reserved for media outlets, including our assigned seat, nearly front and center of the action.

The shared pool cameras are just a few seats away. Those are the only cameras allowed in the courtroom.

In order to accommodate all the media, the Ninth Judicial Circuit said it is upgrading the courtroom technology to a state-of-the-art, evidence presentation-style system.


How many seats?

The chart shows 48 seats available to the general public. Of those, 45 will be given away on a first come, first served basis.

Three general public seats on the balcony have been reserved for Casey's parents, George and Cindy Anthony, and their attorney, Mark Lippman.

The seats are "behind CNN and in front of a deputy," according to Lippman. He said he was also trying to reserve a permanent seat for Casey's brother, Lee Anthony, whom he is also now representing.

It also assigns 32 seats to reporters from the local and national media, as well as pool reporters and photographers.

Two additional seats are marked as reserved, and the remaining 10 seats are available for additional members of the media, with court-issued credentials.

Passes for those seats will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Members of the media who haven't been assigned seats should line up on the 23rd floor, outside the courtroom, before 8 a.m. daily.