New Recorder's Court building opens Tuesday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Traffic court will have a new address, beginning this week.

On Tuesday, people with tickets issued by the county police department or infractions from county zoning ordinances will pay at the new Recorder's and Juvenile Court facility on Stone Mountain Street.

The three-story building will bring relief to the crowded Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center less than a mile away.

For the first time Tuesday, all three of Gwinnett's Recorder's Court judges will be able to hold court at the same time, said Recorder's Court Clerk Libby Blackwell.

In the current justice center, the court is only allocated two rooms.

But Blackwell said the court's full operations won't begin for about two weeks.

While people who want to walk in and pay a ticket will be welcomed into the new facility and daily jail hearings will be held, the regular traffic court has been postponed for two weeks.

"We wanted to make sure everything has been corrected," Blackwell said.

"It may have been a blessing," she added, explaining that the payment windows were incorrect and will have to be rebuilt.

"When you're having 500 people walk in, it needs to be right," she said of the traffic court draw.

Sheriff Butch Conway said the delay will help as deputies get used to securing the new building. He said the deputies have been training and many of the experienced officers from the justice center will be transferred to the new building.

The new building will also house Juvenile Court, where young defendants face judges and other family matters are considered.

On Monday, the staff in both departments will be working out of the new facility but court will still be held at the justice center. On Tuesday, the new building will be opened to the public.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for the new facility at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in courtroom 2A.