Florence Judicial Center nearing completion - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Florence Judicial Center nearing completion

The new Florence County Judicial Center is set to open in two months. (Source: WMBF News) The new Florence County Judicial Center is set to open in two months. (Source: WMBF News)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - In just two months, the brand new 120,000-square-foot Florence County Judicial Center will be open.

WMBF News took a tour of the facility and found out the public will only be able to experience half of the building, as the other half is secure for the protection of judges and court officials.

Safety is the primary reason the building was built. Once it’s up and running, prisoners, the public and judges will all have their own spaces.

Currently, everyone shares the same space in the county complex, which presents safety concerns.

Family Court Judge Gene Morehead said the space is perfect for improving the logistics of the family court.

“We have several family courts in the existing building and they are all on four different floors. This puts all the courtrooms on the same floor and the family court clerk’s office is on that floor. It will work quiet well,” Morehead said.

More than 170 people will work in the space when it is open.

Local judges played a role in helping to make sure the facility is more than adequate for needs within the county’s judicial arm.

“In fact, before they even started construction, they built mock courtrooms out of plywood in a warehouse on Dargan Street. Both the circuit court judges and family court judges went over and sat where we would be for sight lines and design, so we were actively involved with that,” Morehead said.

The facility has three floors and each floor has four courtrooms.

Copyright 2017 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Airports and shipping companies see major holiday rush

    Airports and shipping companies see major holiday rush

    Saturday, December 16 2017 7:08 PM EST2017-12-17 00:08:21 GMT
    TSA Precheck takes time at MYR (WMBF News)TSA Precheck takes time at MYR (WMBF News)

    The countdown to Christmas is officially on and millions across the country are gearing up for one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. AAA expects nearly 107 million Americans will be traveling this holiday season. Over the past 10 years the end holiday travel has grown by 21.6 million, an increase of more than 25 percent. 

    More >>

    The countdown to Christmas is officially on and millions across the country are gearing up for one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. AAA expects nearly 107 million Americans will be traveling this holiday season. Over the past 10 years the end holiday travel has grown by 21.6 million, an increase of more than 25 percent. 

    More >>
  • Clemson sailing club treasurer spent club funds on rent, spring break

    Clemson sailing club treasurer spent club funds on rent, spring break

    Saturday, December 16 2017 5:55 PM EST2017-12-16 22:55:38 GMT
    (Source: Clemson on Facebook)(Source: Clemson on Facebook)

    A Clemson University student who managed money for the school's sailing club is accused of using the group's funds to pay for his tuition, rent, a spring break trip and the deposit on a class ring. The Independent Mail of Anderson reported 22-year-old Mateo Gomez was arrested Friday and charged with a breach of trust. 

    More >>

    A Clemson University student who managed money for the school's sailing club is accused of using the group's funds to pay for his tuition, rent, a spring break trip and the deposit on a class ring. The Independent Mail of Anderson reported 22-year-old Mateo Gomez was arrested Friday and charged with a breach of trust. 

    More >>
  • Salvation Army: All but 6 angels have been sponsored

    Salvation Army: All but 6 angels have been sponsored

    Saturday, December 16 2017 5:06 PM EST2017-12-16 22:06:09 GMT
    WMBF News has partnered with The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program for the 2017 holiday season. (Source: WMBF News)WMBF News has partnered with The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program for the 2017 holiday season. (Source: WMBF News)

    The Salvation Army is asking for Horry County residents to show their holiday spirit by sponsoring over 100 Angel Tree program “angels” that were returned unsponsored Thursday.

    More >>

    The Salvation Army is asking for Horry County residents to show their holiday spirit by sponsoring over 100 Angel Tree program “angels” that were returned unsponsored Thursday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly