In attendance from the Administrative Office of the Courts was Garland Van Hook, of the Facilities Department.
Trigg County Judge Executive Berlin Moore called the ad-hoc meeting to order, with the arrival of member Woody Woodall, and the recognition that Van Hook was empanelled within the board, and permitted to vote, if need be, and thus a quorum was present.
Moore stated that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the “movement of a courtroom.”
CMW Project Architect Dennis Arthur elaborated on the problem to the board. “The Family Court is equal in seniority to Circuit Court, so we cannot place it physically lower than District Court. There is a hierarchy in courts that must be observed.”
Van Hook urged the board to convene the meeting and wanted to attend personally to explore solutions. “I saw that family court was on the first floor, and could not approve the design to the AOC. It must be placed at the circuit level.”
Arthur unveiled a new series of design plans addressing the situation. He proposed placing the office of the Circuit Clerk on one side of the first floor, and the district courtroom beside it. The chambers for up to two District Judges would be on the second floor, with family court, chambers for that judge, and perhaps Drug Court.
The third level would contain Circuit Court, chambers, conference rooms, and perhaps the Court Designated Worker.
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