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Franklin County to dedicate new court house Feb. 18

Monday, 02 10, 2014

Leigh Anne Hiatt, APR
Public Information Officer
502-573-2350, x 50031
Cell-859-619-7916
lhiatt@kycourts.net
http://courts.ky.gov

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The public is invited to a dedication ceremony for the new Franklin County Court House on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. EST at 222 Clair St. in Frankfort.

“Since the early days of the commonwealth, Kentucky courthouses have held a special place as the center of our communities,” Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. said. “The Franklin County Court House will provide 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 98,400 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 Franklin County Court House project in 2006 and approved its funding in 2008. The total cost of the project was $29 million.

The new 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 Franklin County Court House was designed to meet the standards required by the Administrative Office of the Courts. Architect Rick Kremer FAIA of Louisville designed the facility and Codell Construction Co. of Winchester was the construction manager for the project. Ross, Sinclaire & Associates LLC, which serves Kentucky and nine other states, is the financial agent.      

Chief Justice Minton and Franklin County Judge-Executive Ted Collins will be among the speakers at the dedication ceremony. State legislators, circuit and district judges, the Franklin County circuit court clerk, county magistrates, other local officials and AOC staff are also expected to attend. For more information, contact Judge-Executive Collins at 502-875-8751.

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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