May 28, 2007
The new updates are expected to cost about $100,000
Botetourt County is notching up security at its courthouse.
The historic circuit courthouse in Fincastle was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original structure in 1970.
But, with so many cases, anywhere from 1,000 to 1,300 a year, the courthouse had to be brought into the 21st century.
The multi-phase upgrade started with improvements to the circuit court clerk's office. Later, partitions and bullet proof glass will be added along with a security door leading to the courtroom.
Also on tap, the judge's bench will be lowered and handicap accessibility will be made for jurors.
Also, a new entrance will be constructed into the courtroom, and the judge's chambers will be altered.
Those changes are expected to cost about $100,000 and take place in late June or early July.