The first hearing to be held in the new Griggs County Courthouse was a March 13-15 jury trial. While the transition from old to new had been in the works for quite some time, the actual move was put on the fast track due to an equipment malfunction in the historic courthouse.
With only two weeks to make the transfer to a new location, Clerk of Court Kelly Vincent and Court Administrator Rod Olson quickly made arrangements to move the sound system into the new courtroom while Ms. Vincent developed a plan to relocate her office to its new space adjacent to the courtroom and judge's chambers.
She said her deputy Jessica Jordan and other co-workers, including local IT support, were invaluable with the move and setting up the courtroom areas.
Ms. Vincent said not only was it the first jury trial in the new courthouse, it was her first jury trial as well. She said the new courtroom "was great and thankfully there were no technology glitches."
Attorneys appreciated the two attached conference rooms while jurors appreciated the nearness of the jury room and other amenities.
Staff have used as many artifacts and pieces of furniture from the old courthouse as they could including two book cases from the early 1900's with court books that date back to the late 1800's along with an old county judge seal that is on display in the judge's chambers.
Ms. Vincent said, "It's a beautiful mixture of the old with the new."
Story and Photos by Chris Iverson, Rod Olson and Kelly Vincent
April 18, 2017