Penobscot Judicial Center Dedication on May 18, 2010

May 17, 2010

The Maine Judicial Branch has scheduled the dedication of the Penobscot Judicial Center at 78 Exchange Street, Bangor at 9:00 A. M. on Tuesday, May 18th. Governor John E. Baldacci, Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley, and Justice Warren M. Silver will speak immediately following the ribbon cutting in Courtroom 202. Tours for the public will be available from noon to 4 pm.

State Court Administrator, Ted Glessner, said: “I am delighted that we have an opportunity to show the public this new courthouse. The citizens of Penobscot County now have a wonderful, handicapped accessible, energy efficient, state of the art courthouse to serve them for the next century. It replaces a courthouse that was over 100 years old. This new courthouse provides enhanced safety for all citizens who must spend time in the courts.”

The Courthouse has 7 courtrooms: 1 arraignment room, 3 family courtrooms, and 3 jury trial courtrooms. The building was designed and built to Benchmark Maine standards, and incorporates, energy savings, water efficiency, CO-2 reductions, and high indoor air quality standards. The building has public wireless access to the Internet, and the courtrooms have state-of-the-art audio-visual (AV) and information technology (IT) capability. It has a clerks’ office designed to efficiently handle a high volume of cases, and has ample conference rooms and hallway space to accommodate the needs of the public. The cost of the project was $36.4 million.

Limited street parking is available on Exchange Street. Additional parking is available in the Bangor Public Garage. More information about parking in the Bangor Public Garage is available at this website www.thebangorgarage.com/.

The building will be closed for regular court business but will be open for emergency matters on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.