Courthouse Update

The new Queen Anne’s County circuit courthouse is nearly complete, with an opening scheduled for mid March.

CENTREVILLE — Construction on the interior of the new circuit courthouse continues with a tentative opening set for mid March.

County Public Works Director Todd Mohn said many of the mechanical systems are still being installed with training on the new equipment to follow. Both courts have to be operational to transfer from one facility to another without losing any court time.

“The new courthouse is going to be the first one that’s paperless in the state,” said Mohn. “Functionality will include screens and monitors throughout. It will be re-equipped with all new furnishings for employees to do their jobs. Also, older records will be coming over, so we’ll make arrangements for that.”

Once the old courthouse is vacated, it will undergo an extensive update of the infrastructure including the HVAC and electrical systems. That is among the topics to be discussed during the county’s capital budget planning in the coming year.

“This facility is state-of-the-art from a security standpoint for the public, the juries and employees,” Mohn said. “You have separate access points for those on trial and the judges and their staff. It’s going to be a very safe, efficient and effective building compared to the (historic) courthouse.”

The original public walkthrough was scheduled during the Centreville Day festivities on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

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