HARRODSBURG — The public is invited to a dedication ceremony for the new Mercer County Judicial Center at 1 p.m. Monday at 224 S. Main St.
Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. and Mercer County Judge-Executive Milward Dedman will be among the speakers.
State legislators, circuit and district judges, the Mercer County circuit court clerk, county magistrates, other local officials and state Administrative Office of the Courts staff also are expected to attend.
“Since the early days of the commonwealth, Kentucky courthouses have held a special place as the center of our communities,” Minton said in a press release.
“The Mercer 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 $11 million facility opened in April on the site of the former Mercer County Courthouse, which was torn down.
The judicial center consists of about 39,160 square feet and includes space for circuit court, district court, offices and ancillary services.
The new 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 center was designed to meet the standards required by the AOC.
CMW of Lexington designed the facility. Codell Construction Co. of Winchester was the construction manager, and Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, which serves Kentucky and six other states, was the financial agent.