Monday, August 1, 2011

New Courthouse Grand Opening Ceremony

The City of Casa Grande is proud to announce the grand opening of the new Municipal Courthouse. This new complex is located at 375 East 9th Street.

The grand opening ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 4. An open house for the community will immediately follow at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 2 p.m.

The new 10,000 square foot facility has two courtrooms, offices for the judges and court staff, a sally-port for prisoner transfer, and a detention area to seat people who are waiting for arraignment or trial. One of the two courtrooms has a jury box and a deliberation room.

Some of the modern security systems installed include metal detectors, an x-ray machine for screening bags, security cameras and a new audio/visual system in the courtrooms to allow better case presentation.

Design and construction of the new courthouse cost approximately $3.5 million, paid in part by construction sales tax collected over the last 10 years and revenues collected by the Municipal Court. The court also received grants from the Tohono O'odham Nation for part of the audio/visual system and for the security equipment.

The Municipal Court is the judicial branch of city government. The court is of limited jurisdiction and deals with misdemeanors, petty offenses, and civil violations, including traffic and city ordinances. The court also issues orders of protection and injunctions against harassment.

For more information about the Municipal Court, contact the court at (520) 421-8777