The State Supreme Court has directed Sumter County to address safety concerns at the Court House where we handle a per capita docket on par with Greenville and Columbia. The new Judicial Center will address the concerns and make more space available in the current Court House.
The new Sumter County Judicial Center will be the core legal facility for the community. It will be built with top-level security in mind, meeting or exceeding state and federal guidelines. Secure parking for judges, law enforcement, detention center vans, clerks and court officials will also be included in the project, as well as the renovation of the Summary (Magistrate) Court.
The courthouse is currently too small to handle the volume of cases Sumter County generates. The office space is also inadequate for the Solicitor's Office as well as the Clerk of Court's offices. The current facility also lacks the security needed to keep judges, court staff and jurors safe. Also, there is a major lack of space for the storage of legal records, which is required by state law.
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