Courthouse Watch

Courthouse Watch
Fall 2012

At their June meeting, the Multnomah County Commissioners passed a resolution directing them to seek public input on the options for courthouse renovation and new construction presented in the inici group report issued last spring.

On Tuesday, September 11, the Multnomah County Commissioners heard a briefing on the findings from the National Center for State Courtsí report on the requirements for future Multnomah County courtroom needs. The report correlates a projected population increase of 29% for the Portland metropolitan area over the next 20 years, with changing needs of the courthouse. The findings predict a system-wide increase in the number of judicial officers needed, from 49 to between 55 and 60 by 2030. The need for fewer jury deliberation rooms per courtroom is also predicted.