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BOSTON, MA — Massachusetts Trial Court leaders and state and local elected officials today celebrated the opening of the Franklin County Justice Center in Greenfield, which had been closed since 2014 while undergoing renovations, with court operations relocated to an interim courthouse location at the Greenfield Corporate Center on 101 Munson Street.
Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey delivered remarks and hosted the event. In addition to Chief Justice Carey, speakers included Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Carol Gladstone, Representative Stephen Kulik of the 1st Franklin District, Representative Paul Mark of the 2nd Berkshire District, Representative Susannah Whipps of the 2nd Franklin District, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Greenfield Mayor William Martin, Attorney John Stobierski from the Franklin County Bar Association, and Greenfield District Court First Justice William F. Mazanec. Franklin County Register of Probate John F. Merrigan delivered welcoming remarks. Officials and guests took a tour of the courthouse following the ceremony.
The newly renovated courthouse incorporates the historic 1932 façade of the original building with a 104,000 square foot, three-story addition. The Justice Center’s six courtrooms include updated technological capabilities to allow for hearings to be conducted by video conference and newly installed recording equipment for court proceedings. The courthouse also offers WiFi for visitors. The expanded building now houses five court departments: Juvenile, Superior, District, Housing, and Probate and Family Courts, as well as the Law Library, Court Service Center, and Registry of Deeds.