JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Court is back in session in Duval County. Years overdue and millions of dollars over spent, the doors to Duval County's newest landmark finally opened Monday. And it's turning heads from the public to the top of the judicial system.
“It's eye catching and it's beautiful,” said Aileen Warren.
Warren was in the courthouse as her son went before the judge.
“It’s the feeling of something very historical, very exciting. It’s really a once in a lifetime experience for both as a citizen and as a judge,” said Circuit Court Judge Virginia Norton.
Like other judges and courthouse employees, Judge Norton spent the last week moving into the new facility. She says she's already noticing improvements. “Our technology is so much more sophisticated, our security is so much more sophisticated. Not just for judges but the public as well."
Court officials say operations ran smoothly on opening day. But Action News found a few repairs already being done on two escalators. There's a lot to see inside. Split into an east and west wing, the building centers around an atrium soaring seven floors. At twice the size of the old courthouse, extra staff and electronic kiosks helped the public find their destination and avoid any courthouse confusion.
"I just didn't know which way to go or what to do but the minute I walked in the door I was escorted where to go and what to do,” said Warren.