New judicial center nearly finished in Casey County

November 05, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Construction of Casey County's new Judicial Center has been in progress for a year and half and is expected to be finished by the end of November.

Finishing touches are being put on the building. Workmen were busy last week adding cherry-stained oak woodwork to the interior of the district courtroom and hallways. Painters put fresh paint on walls in other parts of the three-story building. Others arranged shrubs and trees in front of the building that faces Courthouse Square.

"If all goes well, we can have court here by Dec. 1," said Judge-Executive Ronald Wright.

He said it could take three weeks for the move from the courthouse to the new facility. The state Administrative Office of the Courts will oversee the move.

AOC is scheduled to do the data work and install video equipment in the two courtrooms for district and circuit courts. After that, the state Transportation Cabinet will assist with computers for issuing driver's licenses.


"Everything always takes a day longer than you think," said Wright.

He said the roof on the building had to be replaced because it was not installed properly. That job has been finished.

The basement contains the mechanical system and secured parking for judges, clerks and staff who work in the building. An underground walkway runs from the Judicial Center to the jail for security of moving prisoners from one building to the other during court appearances.

People who come to the Judicial Center for court business or driver's licenses will notice security guards and a metal detector at the entrance.

"It won't be bad but may cause some inconvenience to the people," said Wright.

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