23 January 2004

It looks like there may be a new federal courthouse built in Richmond, Virginia. It's probably a good idea. The old courthouse is spread out between two buildings with the courtrooms scattered throughout different floors in both buildings separated by various chambers and other offices. The building is definitely old and - while probably adequate at the time originally constructed - now has more business than it really has the capacity to adequately deal with. It still works because of the paucity of cases which are handled in the federal court. If a heavy docket ever hit that courthouse it would be a nightmare. Hopefully the new courthouse will have a better design with Magistrates all on one floor, District Courts on the next, etc.

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