High court considers crumbling facilities

In Court

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio Supreme Court will hear complaints in March from Youngstown Municipal Court judges that their facilities are crumbling.

The judges have urged city council for years to upgrade the courts. Complaints have been heard surrounding many issues, including that the courtrooms are too dirty, too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter and not well maintained.

The judges in 2009 asked the Ohio State Supreme Court to force the city to pay for improved facilities. The high court has set a hearing for March 17 for an appointed representative to hear the complaints.

Mayor John McNally said he’s happy the court is hearing the case and would like to use the space for other departments.

“My preference is to get them out of City Hall and the Clerk of Courts Office,” said McNally. “I’d like to get some other departments back into City Hall, so that’s what we’re going to be talking about.”

McNally added that the city law director and counsel for the courts will discuss the issue next week.

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