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  • Pima County Consolidated Justice Court moving to new location

    Jan 30, 2015 | Read More News
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    moving into justice courtThe Pima County Consolidated Justice Court will be open for business at its new location, 240 N. Stone Ave., beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2. The court is moving from the historic mosaic dome building at 115 N. Church Ave., and its satellite at 160 N. Stone Ave., to the new Pima County Public Service Center on the northeast corner of Stone Avenue and Alameda Street. The entrance to the Court’s new location is on the west side of the Public Service Center building on Stone.

    An estimated 500,000 people pass through the security checkpoint at the Consolidated Justice Court annually. Although there have been notifications posted in the current location about the Court’s move on Feb. 2, it is anticipated some people will still show up at the old location. To help these lost find their way, Pima County will have signs around the iconic dome building and sandwich board notifications along key streets and avenues directing people to 240 N. Stone Ave.

    The Pima County Public Service Center parking garage will not be completed until late March or early April, so persons visiting the Consolidated Justice Court will need to park in county parking garages on Alameda or Pennington streets, or at surface parking lots.

    The move will allow all Justice Court services to be in the same location, something that hasn’t happened in 18 years, according to Douglas Kooi, court administrator. But space wasn’t the only reason for the move, he said.

    “The original building was not designed with modern security, technology or access in mind,” Kooi said. “This new building lets us use the latest in audio and video technology and presentation equipment, and it is completely accessible to all members of the public. The old building was difficult to navigate, especially for persons with disabilities.”

    The dome building will become the temporary home for Pima County’s senior administration and Board of Supervisors while the 10th and 11th floors of Administration East Building, 130 W. Congress St., go through asbestos abatement. Eventually, the County hopes to use the historic dome building as a museum and memorial of the Jan. 8 shooting victims and public response to the event.

    The current court location was the County’s third courthouse and was completed in 1929. Architect Roy Place used his interpretation of the Spanish Colonial Revival style in the construction, including the use of religious-building forms and ornament such as the mosaic dome, which has become a Tucson icon. John Dillinger was arraigned in this courthouse in 1934 before being extradited to Indiana and the building was listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

    Media is invited to an informal ribbon cutting at 7:30 a.m. Monday at 240 N. Stone, where local officials will be available for interviews about the Justice Court move.