The Todd County Courthouse hosted its final jury trial this morning, with the new Justice Center to open later in the month.
Circuit Court Clerk Mark Cowherd says the Todd County Justice Center will open to the public August 27th and that a dedication ceremony will likely be scheduled for a later date.
Todd is one of the last counties in the area to get a new justice center with money set aside by the state over a decade ago. Todd County Attorney Mac Johns mentioned the historic nature of the day’s event as he performed jury selection, saying the District Court jurors would be the last to serve in the current courthouse’s only courtroom.
The new Justice Center will have two courtrooms. The extra space at the old courthouse is much-needed, as Todd Fiscal Court currently meets in a relatively small room that leaves little room to move when many citizens show up. It’s very possible Fiscal Court could begin meeting in what is now the circuit and district courtroom in the coming months, much like what happened in Christian County.
Todd County will also be unique in that it will have three functioning buildings that have served as courthouses. The old courthouse on the square serves as a welcome center and the second courthouse will continue to house other county offices. Defense attorney Fred Greene of Russellville said during jury selection that he had participated in cases in all three buildings in his career.