Many older courthouses have serious life safety, structural, and code-compliance issues that require extensive renovation or closure. Construction of new regional justice centers will allow the Trial Court to close older, outdated facilities. A majority of the state’s courthouses were built before 1960, including 22 courthouses over 100 years old.
Together with the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), the Trial Court has developed a capital master plan that assesses the system’s needs and identifies targeted investments to address these shortcomings. Additional bond funds will be needed to achieve these goals. The plan recommends a capital investment of $500 million over the next 5 years.
In recent years, the Trial Court has struggled to compete with other agencies for the limited space available under the annual spending cap. Court improvement projects have been deferred to allow other state capital investment priorities to advance. Full implementation of the new capital plan requires a modest increase in capital spending on court construction in the near future.
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|Last updated:||August 9, 2019|