JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Chapell family came to the old courthouse first thing Monday morning, to file some legal documents. But when they walked inside, Marilyn Chapell said, "They said we have to go across the street to the Annex building."
Until the new courthouse on Adams Street opens, the city's judicial business is being spread out over several locations, including the old courthouse on Bay Street.
"I have people at Beach Boulevard, Atlantic Boulevard, here at the Annex," said Jim Fuller, Clerk of the Courts.
Fuller told us his staff is working hard to take care of everybody. Jurors are reporting to the Annex. If you need to file any paperwork, do it at the Annex. Fuller says judges are using the old courthouse to get caught up on their cases.
"We're trying to accommodate everyone the best we can and with the adverse conditions that we're in," he said. "I think by next Monday, everybody will be happy when the new courthouse is up and running."
Our cameras caught movers continuing to load up trucks with equipment from the old courthouse, a process delayed almost a month because the new $350 million dollar building couldn't pass a fire inspection.
Last Friday, on the 11th try, the building finally passed and the city gave the green light for the move to continue. Monday is the official opening. Until then, folks like Chapell will have to deal with a little court confusion. She said, "They got people running around here and they don't know where they're going."
If you have jury duty next Monday, you will report to the new courthouse.
If you have any other questions about where to conduct court business, go to http://www.duvalclerk.com/ccWebsite/