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Benchmarks: Journal of the New York State Unified Court System

Fall 2006

Court Construction Update

The former Mayville High School, soon-to-be Chautauqua Family Court
The former Mayville high school will serve as the new Chautauqua County Family Court. Renovation is expected to be completed by February 2007. The school was built in 1924 and has landmark status.

What's New? Architects will be able to preserve much of the architectural style of the original building, including prominent facades and large, arched windows. When completed, it will have two courtrooms, two hearing rooms, a child-care center and court administration offices. Enhancements include a wireless Internet system. The building will also serve as a municipal government center, with county and city offices. Most of the court space occupies a portion of the first floor and is accessed by the public from an interior corridor. Judges' chambers will be located on the second floor.

Architect: Harrington Sandberg Architects and Engineers, P.C.
OCA Architect: Michael Hinnenkamp

A new Supreme Court facility has been built to accommodate the county's growing needs. Partial occupation of the new courthouse is scheduled for early December. Three existing buildings that housed the court and related offices, including the Commissioner of Jurors, will be renovated.

Suffolk County Supreme Courthouse in Riverhead
Interior of the new
Riverhead courthouse

What's New? The three-story, 95,000 square-foot courthouse was erected behind the existing buildings and is connected to them by two enclosed bridges. The new courthouse has an atrium lobby, nine courtrooms and chambers, a jury assembly room, jury impaneling rooms, a children's center, a public cafeteria and conference space.

Architect: Baldassano Architecture and Perkins Eastman Architects, P.C.
OCA Architect: David Patterson

Other noteworthy updates...

HERKIMER FAMILY COURT has moved from the County Office Building into renovated space at the Herkimer County Office and Courts Facility located on the same block. The new space doubles Family Court's square footage and provides two formal courtrooms, one hearing room, a separate hearing examiner's office, two attorney/client conference rooms, an attorney waiting room, two agency waiting rooms and holding cells. Security improvements include closed-circuit cameras, wireless panic alarms and proximity card readers (Project Manager: Ward ASsociates, P.C.; OCA Architect: Edward Rodman).

THE SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF SUFFOLK COUNTY relocated this past summer from a location over a bank in Deer Park to a completely renovated single-occupancy building in the heart of the Village of Lindenhurst, close to public transportation. The previous facility had no jury accommodations and was located in an industrial area inconvenient to public transportation. The new building has one courtroom, two hearing rooms, conference rooms and rooms for examinations before trial. It also has a state-of-the-art security system. A quality-of-life court will sit here once a week (Architect: Chris Deutsch, Department of Public Works, the Division of Design and Construction, Suffolk County).

Fall 2006 PDF Format
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Contents bullet point Second “Mega-Courthouse” Opens bullet point Justice Court Reforms bullet point Street Corners Renamed for Court Officers bullet point School in New Court Complex bullet point Mental Health Courts bullet point Domestic Violence Awareness Month bullet point Judge Smith Retires bullet point Judge Rosenblatt Retires bullet point Virtual Library Services bullet point Court Programs Broadcast Online bullet point Wi-Fi in the Courts bullet point Deputy Chief Support Magistrate bullet point Court Construction Update bullet point Marian Wright Edelman Addresses Conference bullet point Historic Courthouses and Trials bullet point Did You Know? bullet point Judicial Institute (JI) Program Highlights bullet point JI Legal Updates


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