NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk will open to the public the first phase of the city’s new $123 million courthouse on Saturday.
Officials said at 11 a.m. Jan. 24 people can visit the Circuit and General District courts. General District will move into the new facility in February. Circuit Courts will start Monday.
The new courthouse will have digitized court records dating back to 1682 and it is seeking the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Certification. City Council began laying down plans for a new building in 2004. The initial budget was $141 million but was dropped by $18 million by council members and administration.
The second phase is scheduled to start in the spring. It will be the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, the law library and civic plaza renovation. Once finished, the 315,000 square feet building will hold 21 courtrooms, three shell spaces for future courtrooms, jury deliberation rooms, clerk’s offices and public space.