FRANKFORT, Ky. — The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the planned Campbell County Judicial Center on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m. EDT. The event will take place at 330 York St. in Newport.

The Kentucky General Assembly authorized an addition/renovation project for Campbell County in 2006 and approved funding in 2008. The project is designed to update and preserve the 125-year-old Campbell County Courthouse while increasing the judicial center to 103,700 square feet.

New judicial centers replace older, inadequate facilities, greatly increasing the efficiency of services and public flow. All new judicial centers are equipped with the modern infrastructure to support data, computer, video and networking technology. The facilities also provide the highest level of Kentucky court security through a single-point entry with magnetometers and security personnel.

Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. said he appreciates the legislators and county officials who have supported this project for Campbell County. “Kentucky citizens generate more than 1 million court cases each year,” Chief Justice Minton said. “Our citizens deserve safe, efficient facilities in which to conduct their business before the courts.”

CMW Inc. architectural firm of Lexington designed the Campbell County Judicial Center. Codell Construction Company of Winchester is the construction manager for the project and Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, which serves Kentucky and six other states, is the financial agent.

Chief Justice Minton will be among the speakers at the ceremony. Other state and local officials expected to attend include judges, attorneys, the Campbell County judge-executive and the Campbell County circuit court clerk. For more information, contact Vance Mitchell, manager of the AOC Division of Capital Construction, at 800-928-2350.     

Process for Constructing Judicial Facilities

The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts provides oversight and administration of court facilities in accordance with House Bill 734, which was passed by the 2000 General Assembly. As a result of this legislation, the AOC created a process that would fairly and objectively determine facility needs. The AOC’s Facilities Management System has earned the Kentucky Court of Justice a national reputation for being able to identify facilities with the greatest needs for new construction, renovation, expansion and adaptation.

Once funding for a judicial center is authorized, the AOC Division of Capital Construction works with local communities to assemble a Project Development Board. This board ensures that county and court officials have input on all aspects of the project, including decisions on the site, architect and contractor. This PDB consists of two Campbell County Courthouse Commission representatives, the county judge-executive, the chief circuit judge, the chief district judge, the circuit court clerk, the AOC designee, a local citizen at large and a Kentucky Bar Association designee.

As the administrative and fiscal agent for the Kentucky Court of Justice, the AOC oversees the construction and maintenance of court facilities statewide and supports the activities of 3,800 court system employees, including the elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks


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