Kentucky Court of Justice
Lawrence County to dedicate new judicial center Feb. 17

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 10, 2014  
Contact Information:  Leigh Anne Hiatt, APR
Public Information Officer
502-573-2350, x 50031

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The public is invited to a dedication ceremony for the new Lawrence County Judicial Center on Monday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. EST at 29 Riverbend Road in Louisa.

“Since the early days of the commonwealth, Kentucky courthouses have held a special place as the center of our communities,” Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. said. “The Lawrence County Judicial Center will provide an efficient facility where citizens can carry out court business and seek access to justice. I appreciate the county leaders and state legislators who joined the Judicial Branch in making this project a reality.”

The judicial center consists of 40,612 square feet and includes space for Circuit Court, District Court, the Office of Circuit Court Clerk and ancillary services. The Kentucky General Assembly authorized the Lawrence County Judicial Center project and approved its funding in 2008. The total cost of the project was $18.2 million.

The new court facility is designed to greatly enhance the delivery of court services. It is equipped with the latest computer, video and networking technology. The judicial center also provides the highest level of Kentucky court security through a single-point entry with magnetometers and security personnel. In addition, prisoners will be segregated from the public by separate entrances and corridors. 

The Lawrence County Judicial Center was designed to meet the standards required by the Administrative Office of the Courts. Sherman Carter Barnhart of Lexington designed the facility, Codell Construction Co. of Winchester was the construction manager for the project and Civic Finance Advisors LLC of Lexington is the financial agent.        

Chief Justice Minton and Lawrence County Judge-Executive John A. Osborne will be among the speakers at the dedication ceremony. State legislators, circuit and district judges, the Lawrence County circuit court clerk, county magistrates, other local officials and AOC staff are also expected to attend. For more information, contact Judge-Executive Osborne at 606-638-4102.

The AOC oversees the construction and maintenance of court facilities statewide as the administrative and fiscal agent for the state court system. The AOC also supports the activities of nearly 3,300 Kentucky Court of Justice employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks.