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Court, county playing musical offices in their quest for room to expand Judicial services move into Courthouse Annex


Phase three of the courthouse shuffle begins tomorrow as offices of the Circuit Court criminal and civil clerks, bookkeeping and juvenile services move into the south wing on the second floor of the Courthouse Annex in Westminster.

Space in the south wing had been occupied by the Carroll County Board of Education, which consolidated its offices in July, moving to the Winchester Building on North Court Street across from the Carroll County Detention Center.

In Phase two in September, the office of the state's attorney moved from the Winchester Building to the south wing's first floor.

"We will be open for business during the move," said Larry Shipley, clerk of the Circuit Court. "By Wednesday, everyone should be moved and operating smoothly."

By February, the office of Volunteer Community Service will move into the space left by the Circuit Court criminal clerks, Shipley said.

Bailiffs will be available to help the public find the new office locations, he said.

Long-range plans call for the District Court and its staff to move to a new District Court, opening up space on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex's north wing to expand the Circuit Court, adding another courtroom and a fourth full-time judge.

Pub Date: 12/27/98

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