Who decides what side of the courtroom the attorneys sit on?

The State (prosecutor) sits closest to the jury box. In Courtroom 323 the “State” side is on the left side of the courtroom. You may notice this extends to the gallery as well. Additional attorneys and staff for the Attorney General’s Office and family members of Manny Ellis are also seated on the left side of the courtroom. The defense side (right side) includes additional attorneys and staff for the defense along with defendant’s family members. Because of the physical layout of this courtroom, including the large pillar on the left side, the available additional seating is on the right side of the courtroom.  As a result, members of the public are seated only on the right side of the courtroom.

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1. How long do “normal” trials take and how long is this trial expected to take?
2. How can I receive a copy of the transcript?
3. What if I have questions about why or how a decision was made in this trial? Can I speak with the judge or a court employee about the decision?
4. I am hoping to watch the livestream or appear in the courtroom to watch the proceedings. Can I be guaranteed that the trial will be on the record?
5. Will the livestream be recorded?
6. Will Voir Dire be livestreamed?
7. Will evidence be displayed on the livestream?
8. If the livestream goes down, will court stop?
9. When will deliberations begin and how long will they last?
10. What is the public seating capacity for Courtroom 323?
11. Will the Tacoma Officer trial be the only case in Superior Court?
12. Who decides what side of the courtroom the attorneys sit on?