County recycles Old Jail Building to centralize bond hearing, preliminary hearing courts
On Friday, Nov. 15, Charleston County’s Magistrates/Summary Courts held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the centralization of the County’s Bond Hearing Court and Preliminary Hearing Court. Speakers at the event were S.C. Senator Paul Thurmond, and Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie E. Pryor, Sr.
“Charleston County has once again proven their ability to step up to home plate and hit a home run. In this case they hit a grand slam,” said Associate Chief Magistrate James Gosnell. “The new Preliminary Hearing Court and Bond Court are state-of-the-art facilities that will serve the public’s judicial needs. These new magistrate court offices will be a model for the rest of the state to follow.”
The building was vacant after completion of the 2010 Detention Center Expansion Project, and was renovated and repurposed with two suites for the courts. The Sheriff’s Training, Logistics and Facilities suites remain in the building.
“The county saw an opportunity to reuse the vacant, yet structurally-sound Detention Center Administration Building,” said Facilities Director Dan Chandler. “In addition, the $1.2 million renovation project and centralization of the two courts into the same facility provides the County cost savings in the long-run by eliminating an annual $77,330 in rent for office space.”
“The county does plenty of work to support our judicial system. We have 17 judges (magistrates) in 14 court locations and we need to have safe and efficient court rooms for the judges and the public,” said Pryor. “Keep in mind that not too long ago some of our courts were housed in trailers, so these upgrades were necessary to improve services for our citizens.”
For more information on Charleston County’s Magistrates/Summary Courts, call 843-202-6600.