The move over to the new Hall County Courthouse Annex is complete, with the building on Spring Street in Gainesville housing the Juvenile and Probate courts.
The Juvenile Court relocated there last week, and the Probate Court had been operating there since May. The county’s deed room and meeting space for the Board of Equalization is also at the annex.
The building was previously the county’s primary courthouse. After the Hall County Courthouse on Green Street was constructed, the annex housed county offices. Then, the Hall County Government Center on Browns Bridge Road opened in 2012, and county offices moved there, leaving the annex vacant.
The Magistrate, State and Superior courts are still at the main courthouse.
The $2.5 million annex renovation was funded by the special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST. With the three-story facility, the county hopes to extend the life of the courthouse and accommodate for growing demand, especially for the Juvenile Court.
Sgt. Steve Beverly with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said eight officers and two canine deputies work at the annex for security. Its front entrance was moved closer to the sidewalk to allow for the security equipment at the entrance.
Court Administrator Reggie Forrester said the opening of the annex has freed up space in the main courthouse for the State Court and a new Superior Court judge, Clint Bearden, who was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal in December.
The transition has gone well, Forrester said.
“The moves have been smooth. Everything is working well, and I don’t foresee any problems,” Forrester said.