Officials hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Union County Courthouse Cherry Street Annex at 2 Cherry Street in Elizabeth, which provides six state-of-the-art courtrooms and facilities that will serve families.
The event brought together elected officials, judges and legal professionals from across Union County.
“As a Judiciary, we are proud of this courthouse for many reasons,” said the Honorable Karen M. Cassidy, Assignment Judge for the Union County Vicinage. “This is the first time that litigants are able to come to a facility that will address their needs in one location.”
“The new courthouse is a dignified, modern and functional facility for the usage of families, the judiciary, our employees, and the community as a whole,” said Union County Freeholder Bruce H. Bergen. “We are pleased to support the construction of a permanent facility that is dedicated to helping those in need.”
“I am pleased to celebrate the official opening of the new courthouse that will serve Union County families,” said Senator Nicholas Scutari, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. “The expansion of our court facilities was critical to ensuring that our judiciary is able to meet the needs of residents, who expect that our courthouses are equipped to operate in an effective and efficient manner. I’m confident this twenty-first century courthouse will adequately serve our region well into the future.”
“The new courthouse is an outstanding facility that will provide the proper setting to improve the lives of the families and children who need help and seek justice,” said Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22).
Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage said, “Elizabeth is proud to be the county seat and looks forward to having more resources to support families in need as well as help those seeking assistance and legal guidance.”
“The Courthouse will also house the newly established Union County Family Justice Center (FJC), which is expected to open in late summer 2017 to provide crime victims with legal assistance, crisis counseling, court advocacy, logistical support, and housing aid.
Union County Improvement Authority (UCIA) Executive Director Daniel P. Sullivan served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which began with the presentation of colors by the Union County Sheriff Honor Guard.
The program included a performance by the Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy Choir from Elizabeth. The program’s honored guest and keynote speaker was New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.
The new facility serves as an extension of the current courthouse. It will provide 78,071 square feet of new space.
The building embraces the latest in technology and security features to serve judges, staff, lawyers and litigants. The courthouse includes four interconnected spatial and circulation systems, each separate and secure, including:
? Six state-of-the-art courtrooms and support facilities
? Judges’ chambers and support staff offices
? Prisoner intake, holding and attorney/client conference spaces
? Security control facilities
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