GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Franklin County Justice Center has been undergoing renovations since 2014.
The courthouse has been open for two months now, but on Friday, state and local leaders were in Greenfield to check it out. Hundreds of people gathered outside at the Hope Street Parking Lot for the ceremony.
Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan kicked off the event, singing the Star Spangled Banner. Local and state leaders, including Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Senate President Stan Rosenberg, followed with speeches.
Donelan told 22News, “It’s been a long time coming but this is more than a courthouse it’s truly a center of justice for the community to come too, whether it’s the opioid crisis, problems with probate court.”
The new courthouse has a 104,000 square foot, three story addition, but still maintains the front of the original building It houses five court departments including the juvenile, superior, district, housing and probate, and family courts.
All of the justice’s six courtrooms have updated technology, like newly installed recording equipment, video screens and Wi-Fi access.