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The District Court in Los Angeles contains at least nine identical courtrooms. These are the main battlegrounds for defense attorneys and prosecutors. During a trial, the defense attorney argues his or her case against the prosecutor by cross-examining the prosecution's witnesses, usually to find information that contradicts the facts (due to perjury or forgetfulness on the witness's part), though other purposes can be fulfilled in this way as well. Trials are conducted as bench trials, which means that the judge who presides over these trials can freely render the verdict. Under the Jurist System in Vera Misham's murder trial, the judge could still hand down guilty verdicts based on accumulated penalties, but otherwise, final judgment was given to a six-member jury to make by consensus.
Courtroom No. 1[edit | edit source]
Courtroom No. 2[edit | edit source]
- Trial of Phoenix Wright for the murder of Doug Swallow (with Mia Fey acting as his lawyer)
- Trial of Larry Butz for the murder of Cindy Stone
- Trial of Maggey Byrde for the murder of Dustin Prince
- Trial of Maya Fey for the murder of Turner Grey
- Trial of Max Galactica for the murder of Russell Berry
- Trial of Phoenix Wright for the murder of Shadi Smith (with Apollo Justice acting as his lawyer)
Courtroom No. 3[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Courtroom No. 3
Courtroom No. 3 was used for some pivotal trials for Phoenix Wright, including his only official loss. The trial of Machi Tobaye for the murder of Romein LeTouse led to a trial held under the revived Jurist System, namely the trial of Vera Misham for the murder of Drew Misham. These trials are included in the following:
- Trial of Mack Rell for the murder of Deid Mann
- Trial of Miles Edgeworth for the murder of Robert Hammond
- Trial of Miles Edgeworth for the murder of Gregory Edgeworth
- Trial of Matt Engarde for the murder of Juan Corrida
- Trial of Patricia Roland for the murder of Horace Knightley
- Trial of Machi Tobaye for the murder of Romein LeTouse
- Trial of Vera Misham for the murder of Drew Misham
Miles Edgeworth visited Courtroom No. 3 while investigating the murders of Byrne Faraday and Mack Rell in Defendant Lobby No. 2, which had caused Rell's trial to be canceled. He questioned the judge on what he had heard as he was using a restroom within earshot of the murders.
Courtroom No. 4[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Courtroom No. 4
Courtroom No. 4 was used for the following trials, including Mia Fey's as well as Athena Cykes' first trial:
- Trial of Terry Fawles for the murder of Valerie Hawthorne
- Trial of Will Powers for the murder of Jack Hammer
- Retrial of Maggey Byrde for the murder of Glen Elg
- Trial of Wocky Kitaki for the murder of Pal Meraktis
- Trial of Damian Tenma for the murder of Rex Kyubi
- Trial of Juniper Woods for the murder of Constance Courte
- Trial of Orla Shipley for the murder of Jack Shipley
- Trial of Sasha Buckler for the murder of Jack Shipley
- Trial of Solomon Starbuck for the murder of Clay Terran* (moved to Courtroom No. 5 after the bombing of Courtroom No. 4)
- Unofficial trial of Athena Cykes for the murders of Metis Cykes and Clay Terran
- Trial of Bucky Whet for the murder of Taifu Toneido
Courtroom No. 4 was bombed during Starbuck's trial, which severely damaged it, however it was restored 5 months later. It also served as a crime scene in and of itself when Apollo Justice was attacked there.
Courtroom No. 5[edit | edit source]
- Grand larceny trial of Luke Atmey
- Trial of Juniper Woods for the bombing of Courtroom No. 4
- Trial of Solomon Starbuck for the murder of Clay Terran (after Courtroom No. 4 was bombed)
Courtroom No. 6[edit | edit source]
Courtroom No. 6 was used in the following trials, including the Mask☆DeMasque trials (along with Courtroom No. 5):
- Grand larceny trial of Ron DeLite
- Trial of Ron DeLite for the murder of Kane Bullard
- Trial of Trucy Wright for the murder of Manov Mistree
- Civil trial between Apollo Justice and Phoenix Wright
- Trial of Ellen Wyatt for the murder of Dumas Gloomsbury
Courtroom No. 7[edit | edit source]
Courtroom No. 7 was used in the last two trials of Phoenix Wright prior to his disbarment, namely:
- Trial of Iris for the murder of Elise Deauxnim
- Trial of Zak Gramarye for the murder of Magnifi Gramarye
Courtroom No. 8[edit | edit source]
Courtroom No. 8 is not known to have been used by Mia Fey, Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice or Athena Cykes.
Courtroom No. 9[edit | edit source]
Courtroom layout[edit | edit source]
Each courtroom contains two long tables at ground level, a semicircular podium situated between them, an elevated desk opposite the podium, and seating areas behind the tables. Stanchions connected by ropes are placed on the ends of the tables and around the back of the courtroom to outline specific areas. A large crest depicting the Scales of Justice is displayed above the judge's bench.
- The judge's seat is positioned in the elevated desk overlooking the rest of the courtroom. This is where the judge will sit to mediate trials and (in a bench trial) hand down verdicts.
- The defense bench is the table positioned to the judge's left. It is where the defense team stands during trials.
- The prosecution bench is the table directly facing the defense bench on the other side of the room and to the right of the judge. Prosecutors stand here.
- The witness stand is the podium between the two benches. When giving testimony, witnesses stand here. Defendants also stand here when the verdict is being read, unless they are representing themselves.
- Surrounding the courtroom are gallery seats, which is where the public can sit during a trial to observe the proceedings. These were positioned above the defense and prosecution benches from 2012-2026. In 2027, these seats were moved to behind the witness stand.
Courtroom design during 2012 - 2019[edit | edit source]
Positioned in front of the judge's area is a desk with two chairs, but these have never seen use in any known trial. By 2026, this table was removed from the courtroom.