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Chatham finds short-term facilities for court offices & courtroom

Posted Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - Renee Paschal , assistant county manager for Chatham County, reports that short-term locations for Superior Court sessions and court offices displaced by the recent courthouse fire have been confirmed.

The Superior Courtroom sessions will be moved to the county’s Agriculture Building Auditorium. “While the auditorium is used for a wide range of events that will have to be relocated when court is in session, this was the best option for Superior Court over the next few months,” said Paschal.

The District Attorney’s Office will move to 60 West Street, formerly offices for the Andrews Law Group. Paschal said, “This move was certainly made easier due to the landlord, Jennifer Andrews, agreeing to leave all of her office furniture in place for use by the DA’s Office and vacating the building so quickly. We are most appreciative.”

Probation Services will be relocated to 45 West Street, in an office building next to the General Store Café.

“Both of these facilities are located within walking distance of courtrooms and other court staff, which is an important factor for effective court operations,” Paschal said.

Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour will move into a room in the lower level of the Agriculture Building, just down the hall from the temporary courtroom.

“We are grateful for Chatham County’s quick response in finding us interim court facilities after the fire,” said Baddour. “We know that this had to be done at a painful, frantic time when many actions had to be taken quickly.”

Paschal said that the county will continue to search for a more permanent space for Superior Court until the Judicial Center is built. “The Agriculture Building will provide a short-term fix of six months or so,” Paschal said.

The county also is looking for alternative facilities for meetings and events that had been scheduled for the Agriculture Auditorium, but now conflict with court dates.

Chatham County will break ground on a new Judicial Center this fall. The center was planned before the fire in the Historic Courthouse occurred and will house all court officials and all courtrooms, including Superior Court sessions. Construction is expected to take 18 to 24 months.

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