Clay County prepares for first court session in new courthouse

The sheriff of Clay County is excited about the county's new justice center.

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 5:33 PM
Updated: Sep 10, 2019 10:17 AM

WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - Clay County's new justice center is now open.

According to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott, the first session of justice court in the new facility is set for Tuesday.

Scott said the new facility on Main Street will alleviate some of the issues at the previous location.

"Security and safety for the public were two of my biggest concerns, and we have addressed it."

The new facility, being 25,000 square feet, has three courtrooms, as well as holding cells and multiple jury boxes.

It will allow more room for justice and circuit courts to hear more cases during a single circuit court session.

Scott said the old facility was over-crowded and led to safety issues.

The new one has a separate entrance for inmates, as well as a private one for judges and attorneys, and a separate one for the public.

To help with security, the facility has more than 20 indoor surveillance cameras.

According to Scott, the new technology is top-notch and has required a lot of training for court employees.

The old courthouse is still being used for chancery and youth courts as well as the tax collector's office.

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