I have a 2-story hotel which surrounds a interior COURT (completely surrounded by the bldg). I see in CBC 1004.5 that an outdoor area (which includes courts) can exit back into a bldg but I cannot find this mentioned in the exiting section. Not to mention 1022.1 points out we cannot take an occupant to a lesser level of protection. I would assume the COURT is more protected than the hotel rooms that empty into it because it is open to the sky but we have to take them through a outdoor tunnel through the bldg to get them to a Exit Discharge. I am not finding that the tunnel is allowed. Yet as I mentioned above in 1004.5 the code alludes to allow it. And as far as I can see how plain COURTS are exited are not mentioned at all.
Keep in mind a COURT is not the same as an Egress Court which IS discussed