Boone County Justice Center
Boone County’s court system serves one of the fastest growing areas of the state. With cramped space, more judges than courtrooms, and multiple locations for services, the court system needed a new facility that consolidated the system in one location for efficiency of operations, to improve services to the public, and to provide for future growth. This four-story, 80,000 square foot, facility is that solution and includes space for future growth. Two courtrooms each are provided for District, Family and Circuit court functions with related support spaces, including attorney client conference, witness, jury deliberation, jury assembly, and judges chambers. A flexible use hearing room doubles as the grand jury deliberation suite. Prisoners are held in a basement central holding area and transported using a secure elevator to holding areas between courtrooms at each floor. Fundamental to the design was controlling the high volume components of public traffic flow. All Circuit Clerk office space and public access counters including drivers’ license and the related Kentucky State Police driver testing function, and traffic court are located on the first floor. Office space for Administrative Office of the Courts support services including Court Designated Worker and Pre Trial Services is provided in a layout that permits those services 24 hour, 7 day office access without affecting the security of the court staff areas. Satellite office space is provided for the County Attorney and Commonwealth’s Attorney. The facility is completely equipped with security and communication technologies that provide the court system unparalleled flexibility and opportunities with information and procedural management. Construction was completed in August 2002 at an estimated cost of $12,000,000.