in my quest to discover what’s happening on the “let’s put a branch courthouse in the population center of McHenry County,” I have received some information from 22nd Circuit Court Administrator Dan Wallis:
“The requirements that we have put together are for an area of about 6,000 square feet to accommodate the courtroom, holding area, clerks, court administration, chambers, etc.
“The largest issue is the required parking which we are estimating around 120 parking spaces or more.
“There are plenty of large buildings in the 60,000 square foot range which have ample parking or there are buildings in the 6,000 foot range which have forty parking spaces.
“It is a difficult combination to find.”
At the suggestion of a reader, I also asked about the possibility of night courts for traffic or other purposes. Wallis’ reply follows:
“There are very few night court models around the country.
“I have discussed that issue with the National Center for State Courts and was told that they work only for a very small group of case types.
“One main issue is that it isn’t just the court that is affected by a night court.
“It involves the
- security/sheriff’s office,
- court services,
- circuit clerk’s office and
- facilities management.