Tippecanoe County prepares for possible new court addition

Tippecanoe County Commissioners are preparing for the possibility of a new superior court.

Posted: Jan 23, 2019 7:46 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Tippecanoe County Commissioners are preparing for the possibility of a new superior court. Right now, a bill moving through the statehouse would create Superior Court Seven in Tippecanoe County.

Commissioners approved an HVAC upgrade to the 5th floor Tuesday. Tom Murtaugh said once they get that up and running this summer, they can work their way to the 4th floor. That's where the new court will go if it's approved by the state this session.

Murtaugh said he expects it to pass. They're planning to build the new courtroom where the prosecutors office used to be on the fourth floor of the courthouse. Murtaugh said it will be a pricey project for the county. The state decides whether to approve the court, but does not fund it.

"Meaning we will still have to have the capital cost of doing that improvement to create the new courtroom, but then we will have ongoing cost too with staffing of that particular court," said Murtaugh. 

The county also wants to build an additional courtroom for the juvenile system. Murtaugh said this project could get really expensive.

"It's also going to depend on whether we decide to do both of those courtrooms now, or if we decide to phase another one in in a few years," said Murtaugh.

If approved, Superior Court Seven will need to be up and running by January of 2021. Murtaugh said he won't know a price range until bidding.

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