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Supervisors, Judges & Lawyers Discuss Albemarle Court Options

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Albemarle County supervisors are hashing out a plan for some potential upgrades to county courts.

Supervisors want to make sure the courts are up to par with the amount of work. It comes down to the increase in caseloads and outdated courtrooms.

Wednesday afternoon, supervisors along with judges and lawyers weighed a number of options.

There are currently two options on the table. One includes renovating the courts and keeping them downtown. The other would be to move the courts further into Albemarle, either near Mill Creek or Rio Road.

Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford says she is frustrated at how long it has taken for this process to get underway. She and other stakeholders are urging the courts to stay downtown because both the city and the county work so closely together.

"We have been working together now for a number of years to improve our justice system and all of us participate collaboratively to make that happen. One thing that we absolutely need in order for this collaboration to continue is that we need to be in close proximity to one another,” said Judge Robert Downer, Jr.

Early estimates put this project at $42 million, which would require another tax increase. If approved, the project would happen over the next seven years or so.

Supervisors will take Wednesday comments into consideration and hope to take some action by early summer.

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