The brand new, state-of-the-art facility that is the Russell County Judicial Center is on track to open for business the week after Labor Day, says Circuit Court Clerk Tony Kerr.
The 44,000 square foot building will house the offices of the Circuit Court Clerk and staff, the courtrooms for district and circuit court, as well as the Judges offices and their own staff, and other related offices that currently do not have their own space in the Russell County Courthouse building. The 160-room building will provide a safe environment for all judicial officials and staff, inmates and public who are required to be in the building for court dates, meetings, and business. With the ultimate goal of safety in the new Judicial Center, accommodations include three separate elevator systems, one each for judges, the public, and inmates, as well as secured parking for officials and private cells for inmates who have court dates. A security team will also be in place inside the courthouse, with access to top of the line security equipment and cameras.
While the Judicial Center will be open for business after Labor Day, a grand opening event and dedication ceremony is scheduled for the end of September although no official date has been set.