A: It may appear empty, but there are many people who work in each courtroom each day. These include clerks, court officers, court reporters, law clerks, the judge, and the judge's secretary. There are many reasons why the courtroom may appear empty. The court might be holding settlement conferences with attorneys in their private chambers, instead of in the courtroom. The court might have a 'down' day, where there are no available witnesses during a trial. The judge might be on vacation.