Municipal Court to move to new location
After more than a year in the works, the Burleson municipal court is leaving its temporary location and will open for business at its new location on Jan. 2.
The new court will be located at 1131 SW Wilshire Blvd, next to the police department. This used to be the site of an old Wells Fargo bank building but has since been renovated.
The municipal court is currently located at 225 W. Renfro St., the site of the old police station in Old Town and has been in this temporary location since Sept. 2016.
City Secretary Amanda McCrory said the city previously leased space at the Ron Harmon Johnson County Sub-Courthouse on Elk Drive.
“The contract for the leased space was up for renewal and we took advantage of this opportunity to assess our needs and space. The court had limited availability to hold court because of the limits of courtroom time at the sub-courthouse on Elk Drive. We were using both that space and the council chambers at City Hall to accommodate all the dockets. This use of multiple locations was not efficient for space or customers,” said McCrory.
McCrory said they have always relied on lease space or multi use of the council chambers and the new location offers a one stop shop with no traveling between buildings for customers or staff.
“Currently after court, customers have to leave city hall and pay or turn paperwork in at another location,” she said.
Along with the new building, this will be the first time all court personnel will be in one building and the first time they will have a dedicated courtroom. The municipal court will have a centralized location for court hearings, payments, document delivery and access to the court staff for assistance.
“The court staff is appreciative of the City Council for sharing in their vision to provide timely and courteous adjudication of cases,” said McCrory.