Laurel County Court Clerk Roger Schott gives a tour of the new Laurel County Judicial Center to a group from Leadership Tri-County.

Laurel County Court Clerk Roger Schott recently took a group of Leadership Tri-County participants on a tour of the inside of the new Laurel County Judicial Center, which is scheduled to open in spring 2010.

When completed, the $23.7 million project will have 88,070 square feet of floor space.

The circuit courtroom and its related offices, the office of the regional court administrator, the law library, the jury room and the law clerk will all move into the Judicial Center from the Laurel County Courthouse.

Other offices around downtown also will move to the new building, including the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, the family and district courtrooms and their related offices, pretrial services and the office of court designated workers and Laurel County Juvenile Services.

“We went through the first three levels,” Schott said. “The second level and fourth level are duplicates, so we didn’t bother to go up to the fourth floor.”

Schott said the first floor will house his offices — for the district court and circuit court — as well as the holding cells for prisoners waiting to be delivered to court.

“Security in the court system is the No. 1 priority,” Schott said. “There will be seven holding cells on the first floor, a prisoner elevator, and a holding cell on each of the courtroom floors, which are two, three and four.”

Schott said two district courtrooms are on the second floor, and the third floor will have the family courtroom and office suites for child designated workers, pre-trial services and drug court. He said the grand jury will also meet in a room on the third floor.

“The fourth floor is the circuit court level, which will have two courtrooms as well as office suites for the judges,” Schott said.

Schott said he has taken several groups through the building, and he continues to be impressed with the new facility.

“Each time I go through there it is so amazing how much progress has been made,” Schott said. “We are really look forward to the added space, not just for us but for the public as well.”

Schott said the main contractor is on schedule, but it likely would be May or perhaps a little later before the new center is occupied.

“The construction company will be on time or even a little early,” Schott said. “Then it will be up to the other service providers to get things like phones lines, computer lines and finishing touches in place. That will take an additional few weeks. I will be very happy if we can move in May or early summer.”

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