Court might be held in new justice center in August
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jun 17, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall is shooting for Aug. 10 as the first day of court in the new justice center, which is still under construction, according to David Welker of Codell Construction.

The grand opening for the new justice center will likely 30 – 45 days after that in order to work out the kinks in the various security devices all throughout the building, added Welker. “It’s definitely coming along,” he said.

A recent walkthrough of the justice center revealed where various offices and courtrooms will be upon completion.

In the basement there will be a gate and a sally port accessible only to law enforcement personnel, with two holding cells, a secure place for the pistols of various LEOs and a room for the files of the county’s circuit court clerk. According to Welker, staff will come in through a door in the basement.

An elevator for transporting prisoners will stop in the basement and on the second and third floors, but not on the first floor, said Welker.

There will be secured entrances leading to offices of all of the judges, according to Welker. “The building is very security conscious,” he said, adding that people that might wish harm on the judges “won’t be able to get to [them].”

The first floor will house Trigg County Circuit Court Clerk Pam Perry, the drug court, pre-trial services and the CDW, and people will also be able to do business relating to driver licenses on the first floor, Welker said.

The second floor will house the offices of Trigg County Judges Jamus Redd and Jill Clark, and will also house the Trigg County District Courtroom, which will hold about 100 people, not including court officials and the jury, said Welker. There will also be two holding cells on the second floor.

The third floor will house the office of Judge Woodall, as well as the Circuit Courtroom and the Family Court. The circuit courtroom will be laid out like the district courtroom and will be able to hold 100 spectators, while the family court will be able to hold about 30 spectators, Welker said.

There will also be two holding cells on the third floor, said Welker, adding that a type of Kevlar has been, or will be installed on the judges’ desks in the courtroom to make them bulletproof.

Although there were some water leaks, those leaks have since been fixed, according to Welker.
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