The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners invites the public to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Santa Rosa County Courthouse, 4025 Avalon Blvd. in Milton. The ceremony is at 10 a.m. on Wed., Aug. 17.
"We're excited to finally be opening a brand new judicial facility, something that has been over 20 years in the making," said Commissioner Robert A. "Bob" Cole, Chairman and District 2. "This facility will provide a safer working environment for our Clerk of Courts employees, judges and judicial staff and will also serve many generations of Santa Rosans."
The current courthouse located in Downtown Milton was opened July 4, 1927 and remodeled in 1961 with modular buildings added on in 2008 to accommodate growth. The new courthouse on Avalon Boulevard consists of a three-story building, approximately 110,000 square feet, situated on 19 acres. This location will allow for future additions and two additional administrative office buildings to house the county court support services (state attorney, public defender, guardian ad litem and probation).
The new courthouse includes seven courtrooms, eight judge's suites and all the necessary court support services including secure holding for inmates, hearing rooms, a law library, evidence rooms, jury selection and jury deliberation spaces.
Additionally, the Clerk of Courts services currently provided in the courthouse will be accommodated in the new facility along with conference rooms and meeting spaces for the state attorney and public defender offices. The courthouse is expected to fully open in late September.
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