FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The public is invited to a dedication ceremony for the new Morgan County Judicial Center on Friday, May 30, at 11 a.m. EDT at 261 Court St., West Liberty, Ky.

The building is being dedicated a little more than two years after a March 2, 2012, tornado destroyed the historic Morgan County Courthouse at 518 Main St. in West Liberty and damaged the new Morgan County Judicial Center, which was under construction and 60 percent complete at the time. The Morgan County Courthouse moved to a temporary location at 155 University Drive in West Liberty following the storms.

“The dedication of the Morgan County Judicial Center is all the more special given the nature of the delay,” Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. said. “It takes enormous courage to rebuild after the devastation of a tornado and this new judicial center is a tribute to the resilience of the people of Morgan County.

“This building will be an efficient facility where citizens can carry out court business and seek access to justice. I appreciate the county leaders and state legislators who joined the Judicial Branch in making this project a reality.”

The judicial center consists of 39,444 square feet and includes space for Circuit Court, District Court, the Office of Circuit Court Clerk and ancillary services. The Kentucky General Assembly authorized the Morgan County Judicial Center project in 2008 and approved its funding in 2009. The total cost of the project was $15.2 million.

The new court facility is designed to greatly enhance the delivery of court services. It is equipped with the latest computer, video and networking technology. The judicial center also provides the highest level of Kentucky court security through a single-point entry with magnetometers and security personnel. In addition, prisoners will be segregated from the public by separate entrances and corridors. 

The Morgan County Judicial Center meets the standards required by the Administrative Office of the Courts. Murphy+Graves+Trimble of Lexington designed the facility, Codell Construction Co. of Winchester was the construction manager for the project, and Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, which serves Kentucky and nine other states, is the financial agent.

Chief Justice Minton will be among the speakers at the dedication ceremony. State legislators, circuit and district judges, the Morgan County circuit court clerk, county magistrates, other local officials and AOC staff are also expected to attend. For more information, contact Linda Bradley at 606-495-0124.

The AOC oversees the construction and maintenance of court facilities statewide as the administrative and fiscal agent for the state court system. The AOC also supports the activities of nearly 3,300 Kentucky Court of Justice employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks.



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