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Judicial center dedication is Nov. 10

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By Stephen Lega

Although the Marion County Judicial Center has been open and operating for months, the building dedication had to be postponed due to some scheduling issues.

As a result, the official dedication will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at 121 N. Spalding Avenue in Lebanon. The ceremony is open to the public.

Before the dedication, members of Teen Leadership Marion County will be providing tours of the building.

The approximately 33,000-square-foot building includes space for district and circuit court, the Marion Circuit Clerk's Office and related services.

The new judicial center was designed for increased security, through single-point entry with metal detectors and additional security personnel. Also, prisoners have a separate entrance than the general public.

"The Marion County Judicial Center will provide an efficient facility where citizens can carry out court business and seek access to justice. I appreciate the county leaders and state legislators who joined the Judicial Branch in making this project a reality," Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. said in a press announcement.

Sherman Carter Barnhart architectural firm of Lexington designed the center. Codell Construction of Winchester was the construction manager and Ross, Sinclaire & Associates was the financial agent on the project.

Chief Justice Minton and Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly are among the speakers expected during the dedication. For more information, contact Mattingly at (270) 692-3451.