New courthouse announced for Stephenville

Frank Gale fgale@thewesternstar.com
Published on April 14, 2014
New Stephenville courthouse announcement
Star photo by Frank Gale

Acting Premier Tom Marshall had good news for Bay St. George area residents on Monday morning when he announced a new courthouse is going to be built in the town.

He told the crowded Courtroom 2 audience, which consisted of people that work within the justice system, representatives of community in the area and other community minded citizens, that the process towards a new courthouse building will be starting soon.

While he didn’t know the timeframe or the cost for the new facility, he said a new courthouse for Stephenville has been on the radar for a long time and past time that it was done due to an increasing caseload in the area.

Premier Marshall said this will involve a four-stage program that starts off with planning, then a functional program, followed by design, then the tender and the construction of the facility.

While the timeline is not exactly known, he said it didn’t think it would take five years or more.

“This is not a hospital they’re designing,” he said.

The current courthouse building was an apartment building on the former Ernest Harmon Air Force Base before the Americans pulled out back at the end of 1966. It houses two courtrooms, other justice offices, along with motor registration and Government Services offices.