New courtroom coming to Morton County Courthouse

MANDAN, N.D. - The construction for the fifth courtroom at Morton County Courthouse is underway.

It will be on the second floor where the Custer Health office once was.

“The biggest need for this new courtroom is just the growth that we’ve seen in cases filed over the last ten years. We’ve seen about a 30 percent increase over the last 10 years. Specifically over the last two years we were about 14 percent increase from 2015 to 2016,” said Schulz.

The construction project will cost $1 million. Money for the project was largely provided by a grant from the North Dakota Supreme Court. The Supreme Court donated over $700,000.

“We’re incredibly grateful to the funding of the Supreme Court,” said County Commission Chairman Cody Schulz. “We couldn’t have done this without the funding of the state.

The other chunk of money, $300,000, will be coming from the Morton County 2018 budget.

The renovation will include the courtroom, conference rooms, a witness and jury rooms, two judges’ chambers, restrooms and storage.

Construction is expected to run until May of next year.