The Madison County Courthouse will soon be undergoing renovations, following an announcement from the County government. Judge Executive Taylor announced during his State of the County Address that the Madison County Courthouse was authorized in the 2018-2020 Biennium Budget as a building critical for the Administrative Office of the Courts to renovate as it houses one of the state’s top 10 highest circuit court dockets.
The County reports that this funding came following the work of Senator Jared Carpenter and then-State Representative Jonathan Shell in conjunction with Judge Taylor, Circuit Court Judge Jean Logue and members of the Judicial Branch. The General Assembly directed the Administrative Office of the Courts to utilize savings from other AOC projects to fund the Madison County Courthouse project. This means the project requires no local tax dollars to be allocated in order to fund this project.
Currently, the facility, constructed in 1850 with a renovation in 1960, only holds one circuit court courtroom, has no holding cells, lacks Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliant elevators, and is lacking the required security features required by the AOC.
The Madison County Fiscal Court is required to oversee this project in conjunction with the Administrative Office of the Courts. Integrity Architecture and D.W. Wilburn were the entities selected to oversee the design and construction of this project.