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New Cassia Judicial Center Will Open September 30th
Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Security is the number one concern when it comes to courthouses. A newly renovated grocery store in Burley will help address that issue in Cassia County.
Two weeks from now, the brand new Cassia County Judicial Center opens for business.
New walls, new paint, new desks and benches. The inside of the newly remodeled Swensens grocery store boasts three courtrooms, offices for judges and clerks, as well as secure cells for inmates waiting for their court appearances.
Cassia County Commissioner Bob Kunau says, "We have two holding cells for adult inmates, one male, one female. And in a separate room, we have two for juveniles, male and female, as they have to be kept separate."
The building has three entrances. Private citizens can enter through the front door and go through the metal scanner. This secure area outside the building will allow prisoners and judges to enter through separate doors. The entire building is all on ground level.
Cassia County Commissioner Paul Christensen says, "We are very satisfied with the way the security came together. There was really no way to retrofit the old courthouse to accomplish what we have here. This should serve us for years to come."
There's even a handicap accessible ramp for the witness stand in the courtrooms. The big move from the old courthouse will begin next Monday, September 23rd. And if all goes well, the Judicial Center will open its doors on Monday, September 30th.
Kunau says, "We would like to think this building was built in 1962. The walls are concrete, we put a new roof surface on in it completely. We did some additional insulation. It would be fun if 75 years from now this building was still standing."
You can see the new building yourself during an open house this Friday, September 20th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 1559 Overland Avenue in Burley.
September 16, 2013.