The existing Hall of Justice (foreground) and historic Housing and Juvenile Court on State Street in Springfield.
The Healey-Driscoll Administration has dedicated an initial $106 million from FY24 - FY28 for the study, design, and construction of a new Springfield Justice Center, with additional investments to be made in FY29 and beyond. The new Justice Center is intended to consolidate all departments—the Superior, District, Probate, Family, Housing, and Juvenile Courts, the District Attorney, and the Registry of Deeds—into a state-of-the-art courthouse facility.
The existing Hampden County Hall of Justice (HOJ) serves densely populated areas of East Longmeadow, Springfield, and West Springfield and houses the Superior, District and the Probate and Family Courts, in addition to the Registry of Deeds and the District Attorney. The HOJ is an approximately 226,000 square-foot (SF) building, constructed in the 1970s, located at 50 State Street in downtown Springfield. An adjacent building, approximately 46,000 SF, constructed in the 1870s, at 80 State Street, houses the Housing and Juvenile Courts. In 2022, a facilities assessment of both buildings identified aging infrastructure and systems in need of significant repair or replacement. In addition, both buildings contain inadequate spaces to support operations for growing caseloads in Hampden County, which are among the highest volumes in the Commonwealth.
DCAMM initiated an RFP process for site selection as well as designer selection for the new Justice Center in the Fall of 2023.