California Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvin Baxter joined Kings County judges Friday at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new courthouse in Hanford.
The planned four-story building with basement and secure parking will house 12 courtrooms. A tunnel will connect the courthouse to the Kings County Jail.
Construction of the $120 million project begins next month, and the courthouse is expected to open in spring 2015.
The state Administrative Office of the Courts is building several courthouses around the state, including the South Valley Justice Center in Porterville that opens next month. Construction costs are funded by court fees.
The Kings County courthouse is designed by DLR Group based in Orlando, Fla.; the builder is SUNDT Construction of Tempe, Ariz.
Judges from Fresno and Tulare counties attended the ceremony.
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