Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.|
Incoming Morgan County Probate Judge Greg Cain, left, and Decatur police officer Mike Landrum in what will be the probate judge's courtroom in the Morgan County Courthouse. A portion of the former sheriff's office will be turned into the courtroom. Landrum is certified to give safety and security advice for buildings and was helping Cain with security issues.
Morgan probate judge getting new courtroom
By Sheryl Marsh
When Greg Cain takes office as Morgan County probate judge next month, he won't have to share a courtroom.
He'll hold court on the first floor of the courthouse rather than share a courtroom with the County Commission on the fifth floor, a practice that's gone on since the building opened 30 years ago.
Workers have knocked down walls in the old Sheriff's Department on the first floor and are renovating the area to include Cain's courtroom. Also, Cain will have a room for lawyers to talk with their clients or for participants in hearings to sit.
Commission Chairman John Glasscock said the new courtroom is past due.
"Sometimes there is a conflict when the probate judge needs to hold a hearing and there's a commission meeting scheduled," said Glasscock.
Currently, 30-year Probate Judge Bobby Day often holds hearings in his office. Because he is retiring in January, he probably won't get a chance to use the new courtroom.
Cain said he looks forward to having a courtroom. He said he learned about it through Day.
"I wasn't aware that they were even considering re-organizing," said Cain. "I was visiting over there last week and Judge Day told me about it. I think it will be good to have a courtroom and this gives the commission its chambers on the fifth floor."
The probate judge's office on the second floor will remain there for people to do their regular business with deeds, mortgages, wills and marriages.
Workers are also remodeling offices in the old Sheriff's Department for the driver examination department, which is across from the snack bar at the courthouse.
Getting a driver license will become a one-stop process, as the driver license issuance service in the license commissioner's office will move into an office adjacent to the driver examiners.
The county's Community Corrections Department will move to the office that driver examiners will vacate.
Glasscock said the moves will probably occur after the first of the year.
"We're trying to make the best use of space since the Sheriff's Department moved into its new location," Glasscock said.
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