Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fincastle courthouse to get an update

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.

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