Using this reference image I first modelled a bunch of elements for use in the court room build. The wood panels are a single object in a mograph object allowing me to quickly alter the amount of clones and size of a grid.
Used an Illustrator drawn spline as a lathe nurbs object to create the top of the stand - takes the lathed shape and wraps it around a circular path.
Building the room. Simple cube with the objects placed and duplicated to build up detail. Use a human figure primitive to get the scale roughly correct.
Sketch and Tooned...