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The Montgomery County
Justice Center
By Denise S. Vicario, Esq., Chief Deputy Court Administrator

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ou may have heard there are some changes coming to the
Montgomery County Courthouse...big changes!

result will be a stunning, unified county campus that will well
serve the citizens of Montgomery County for generations to come.

After careful aforethought, much planning, and an
incredible collaboration among the Montgomery County Courts,
the Montgomery County leadership, and the Montgomery Bar
Association - plans for a beautiful Montgomery County Justice
Center Campus are coming to fruition. An incredible amount
of consideration and thought has gone into every aspect of this
project which could not have happened without the vast amount
of people who have put forward their best ideas. Most especially,
the Court extends a heartfelt thank you to Commissioners Val
A. Arkoosh. MD, MPH and Kenneth E. Lawrence, Jr. for their
invaluable support on this project.

The storied architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
LLP (SOM) has designed a campus that will included 460,000
square feet of building space; of this 295,000 square feet is
new space. The Courthouse Plaza area - along with the Wells
Fargo Bank presently located on Main Street - will not survive
demolition, which is currently scheduled to commence during the
second half of 2020.

Every feature of the Montgomery County Justice Center is
well-designed and every bit of space is maximized. It is no small
task to design a building that needs to be solemn, but welcoming;
traditional, but modern; secure, but accessible; significant, but
sustainable; simple, but sophisticated- all while keeping in mind
the cost to the citizens of Montgomery County.

For the first time in a very long time, all Court Divisions
(Civil, Criminal, Family, and Orphans'), all court filing offices,
the Jury Board, the Law Library, Domestic Relations Office, and
the Family Court Masters will be housed together in the Justice
Center. Once the project is completed, the historic courthouse and
annex section will have eight completely renovated courtrooms,
and the new section of the Justice Center will have 18 courtrooms.
Civil and Orphans Courts will be in the historic section with the
new section housing Criminal and Family Courts.

The entire design of the campus is based on marrying the
historic courthouse and courthouse annex with the new section
of the justice center. Additionally, the campus will include a
memorial garden as well as ample open green space. The end

The design is very respectful to the importance of the
memorials in Hancock Square, and all the memorials will be
temporarily relocated and returned to the Memorial Garden area
once construction is completed.

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