JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The new Duval County Courthouse is not opening it's doors Tuesday as previously scheduled. City officials have not announced when the doors to the new courthouse will open, but say they are actively working to start business in the new building as soon as possible.
The $350 million courthouse was originally scheduled to open Tuesday but was put on hold due to failed fire inspections. The inspections involved a number of fire suppression tests of the entire sprinkler system as well as a problem with the ventilation system.
Until doors are open, the city has put a plan into place to serve the community. The Duval County Clerk of Courts has released the following information to be put into place during transition:
* Normal operations will be suspended from May 18th at 5:00pm until the new Courthouse opens.
* To effectively process our case work during this transition period, the Clerk's office will accept EMERGENCY FILINGS ONLY. The judiciary will determine what constitutes an emergency.
* EMERGENCY FILINGS will be accepted at the Courthouse Annex (220 East Bay Street)
* If you have a scheduled court hearing at the Beach Boulevard facility, YOU MUST STILL APPEAR unless it has been rescheduled.
* If you have one or more SCHEDULED HEARINGS for TUESDAY, MAY 29th for Circuit (Felony) or County (Misdemeanor) court, please see below for future court date information.
* FELONY AND MISDEMEANOR PAYMENTS can be made at Traffic Violations Bureau. You may also schedule Misdemeanor court appearances at this location.
* Our satellite locations Traffic Violations Bureau and Beaches Branch WILL REMAIN OPEN for normal operation during and after the move.
There will be a news briefing Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex to discuss the future of the Courthouse. Action News has a crew in attendance and will bring you the very latest as it comes in.