SETTING THESAURUS

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HELPFUL TIP:

Settings should always be chosen with care. Consider the emotion you want your viewpoint character to feel and how setting choices, weather elements, and symbolism might build a specific mood in the scene, create tension and conflict, or even raise the stakes.
SIGHTS:
Gleaming polished wood (paneled walls, the bench and witness stand, chairs, tables, doors, lecterns)
A court reporter's desk
A black-robed judge seated at the judge's bench
A place for the court clerk to sit
The gallery (benches or theater seats for the public)
A wide central corridor running down the center of the gallery
A wooden bar separating those involved in the lawsuit from the gallery
A jury box off to the side
The witness stand
Separate desks for the plaintiff and the defendant and their legal counsel
A door leading to the judge's chamber
A bailiff watching the crowd
Well-dressed lawyers jotting notes on files and pads of paper
Federal and state flags
A wall clock
Tagged bags of evidence
An easel holding posters or a flip chart to detail aspects of the scene
Crime scene photos
A closed-circuit television system
Computers and monitors
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TEXTURES AND SENSATIONS:
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POSSIBLE SOURCES OF CONFLICT:
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PEOPLE COMMONLY FOUND IN THIS SETTING:
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SETTING NOTES AND TIPS:
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RELATED SETTINGS THAT MAY TIE IN WITH THIS ONE:
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