Criminal Courts Ribbon Cutting
Monday, April 29, 2019
DES MOINES, Iowa – April 29, 2019 — The Polk County Board of Supervisors and Fifth Judicial District will be hosting a ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Polk County Criminal Courthouse at 110 6th Avenue in downtown Des Moines today (Monday, April 29) at 2:00. The new building houses 10 criminal courtrooms that serve adult criminal cases, as well as probation, criminal clerk of court and the Polk County Sheriff Identification division. Children and family court is located at the Polk County Justice Center.
Tom Hockensmith, Chair of the Polk County Board of Supervisors said “with the completion of this renovation our criminal and family court functions are now in separate buildings, which improves safety for court users and staff. OPN Architects created a beautiful space that will improve functionality and safety tremendously.”
The completion of the Polk County Criminal Courthouse is part of a multi-phase project that will centralize all of the court functions in Polk County and improve safety for visitors and employees. There is additional space available to build out two additional courtrooms to accommodate for future growth. The project was the result of an $81 million referendum that was approved by voters in November of 2013. The remaining phase includes complete renovation and restoration of the Historic Courthouse and will be done in the fall of 2021.
Chief Judge Michael Huppert said “this series of renovations will centralize all Polk County court services onto one campus, making access for court users and staff much easier. We are thankful that Polk County, the State of Iowa and the voters were able to make this much needed renovation possible. ”