Amador Superior Court Executive Officer Hugh Swift agrees.
"We need a larger facility," he
told the Ledger Dispatch last week.
"The court has obviously grown as population has grown," added Swift, who began working at the court as a research attorney in 1999.
In October 2004, he began his new role as executive officer.
On June 25, 2007, the court
moved from its location at 108 Court St. near downtown Jackson to its current location in the former Begovich Building on Argonaut Lane.
There were plans, Swift
said, for the courthouse to be built at the site of where the hospital was on 810 Court St. "But the county board of supervisors voted otherwise," he
Instead, the county voted to build the County Administration Building in that location.
"We're expecting more population growth and more casinos.
We're not expecting prison population (in the county) to decrease.
We certainly agree that the court
needs a larger facility," he
doesn't technically have to respond to the report, but Swift
said it plans to.
There are only three courtrooms in the courthouse, Swift
explained, adding that it would be highly conducive to have another one.
Only two of the rooms have seating available for a jury.
Recently, a trial in process had to go into recess when the courtroom in use was needed for other business.
"It can cause an inconvenience," Swift
"We average about 30 jury trials a year, which is a fairly high number for a two-judge court
The county currently owns the courthouse building on Argonaut Lane, but within the next couple of months, it will transfer ownership to the state of California, Swift
never witnessed a shooting incident the courthouse or at a local school since he's
worked at the courthouse, but has been aware of other types of incidents in the courtrooms.
Although the courthouse needs more space, the new location is better than the old location, Swift
"The building is definitely an improvement over what we had," Swift
"It's more secure, more comfortable.