BOSTON (WWLP) – It’s a Downtown Springfield building long overdue for repairs. The Hampden County Hall of Justice building is nearly 40 years old and in need of renovations.
Court administrator Harry Spence testified before state lawmakers to lay out the trial court’s 20-year spending plan. He said the state’s 100 courthouses are in terrible shape. There’s not enough money to keep the buildings in good condition or make necessary repairs.
Spence believes the state either needs to close down existing courthouses or make much larger investments than in years past.
He told 22News there’s no denying the Hampden County Hall of Justice on State Street needs improvements, but it’s unlikely the building will be torn down.
Spence said, “I would say we have four major priorities for investment, one of them is the Springfield Hall of Justice and possibly some new construction in Springfield.”
Spence added that it’s not just infrastructure that needs attention, courthouse staff has diminished over the years as well.