The old county courthouse on Bay Street has opened its doors once again.
But just because the doors will open once again, does not mean the whole courthouse will be running.
In order to save costs, only the first and second floors will be open with courtrooms prepared to hold hearings on felony cases. They will use county criminal and juvenile courtrooms.
“That is not just normal everyday cases, this is something to clear the docket,” says Court Administrator Joe Stelma.
A backlog has built over the past three weeks when both the old and new courthouse have been shut down. Both are now open in differing capacities. The new courthouse passed testing on its smoke systems Friday, so the building is now open for staff to move in, but it will not open to the public until next week. The old courthouse will be open for this limited business at lease through Wednesday.
For now, if you have legal matters, Stelma says there is a duty judge for civil and family court matters at the Courthouse Annex all week. The traffic bureau on Beach Boulevard will continue to handle extra business as well.
“That facility has been a God-send during this entire episode,” he says.
There will even be a trial at that location this week. Stelma says it is fully equipped to handle that process.
And while there are not many jury duty notices floating around, Stelma says if you have one, you must show up.