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Albemarle Co. Supervisors Vote to Explore Moving Courts out of Charlottesville

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Historic Court Square in downtown Charlottesville Historic Court Square in downtown Charlottesville
Robert Tracci's letter to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Robert Tracci's letter to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Tracci Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Tracci
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted 4-to-2 Wednesday to explore moving its courts or county administration offices outside of downtown Charlottesville. This comes in the form of a resolution, which asks that county staff fully vet this possibility.

The resolution suggests the county pursue partnership possibilities that boost economic benefits to county residents while, at the same time, preserving accessible court facilities.

Before engaging in any more negotiations with the city or making its final decision, Albemarle County supervisors want more information.

City and county staff are asking that the board think carefully before moving the courts from Historic Court Square.

“Justice is very important and we should never compromise justice to economic development or collateral considerations. That's not what the people of the community expect in the county or the city,” said Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Tracci.

Tracci wrote a letter to the board saying he is against any decision to dismantle the Charlottesville-Albemarle criminal justice system.

"The physical location of Albemarle County courts in historic Court Square does impact the quality of justice in our community,” Tracci said.

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors read through Tracci’s letter at its meeting Wednesday night.

"Justice is best promoted by judicial efficiency, timeliness, public convenience, and public safety,” said Chairwoman Liz Palmer.

The letter is supported by several city and county staff including the city and county’s clerk’s offices, the office of offender aid and restoration, and the Albemarle County Historical Society.

“The people we serve win when everything is here because they know where to go,” said Charlottesville Clerk of Court Llezelle Dugger.

Albemarle County staff want to look at places which might spur economic growth for taxpaying county residents.

The board will reconvene Wednesday, November 9, but it's not yet clear when they will get this information back.

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