The Massachusetts Trial Court will mark the opening of the newly-built Taunton Trial Court at a special event for employees, local officials, and area residents. Lt. Governor Timothy Murray and Supreme Court Justice Robert Cordy are among the speakers in the program hosted by Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan. Also participating in the ceremony will be Bishop Michael Lunsford of the Antioch Church International and Rabbi Anne Heath of the Congregation Agudath Achim. Miss Massachusetts Molly Whalen will present the musical selections.
The Taunton District, the Bristol County Juvenile Court and Probate and Family Court, and the Southeast Housing Court began operations in the new court building in June. The spacious new courthouse features eight courtrooms, modern information technology and digital recording capability, handicapped accessibility, and secure detention areas, a jury pool and the District Attorney's Office.
After on-site demolition, construction on the new building began in October 2008 on this LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified courthouse, which incorporated energy standards into all phases of the project – site development, design, material utilization, practices and equipment.
The 146,000 square-foot building was designed by Leers Weinzapfel and constructed by Daniel O'Connell's Sons under the direction of the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and the Massachusetts Trial Court.