Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey will host the opening
ceremony of the Franklin County Justice Center on Friday, April 7
from 2-4 p.m. at 43 Hope Street in Greenfield.
In addition to Chief Justice Carey, speakers will include
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Stanley C.
Rosenberg, Trial Court Administrator Harry Spence, Commissioner of
the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Carol
Gladstone, Representative Stephen Kulik of the 1st Franklin
District, Representative Paul Mark of the 2nd Berkshire District,
Representative Susannah Whipps of the 2nd Franklin District,
Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Franklin County
Bar Association Chair John Stobierski, and Greenfield District
Court First Justice William F. Mazanec. Franklin County Register of
Probate John F. Merrigan will deliver welcoming remarks.
The renovation of the Franklin County Justice Center began in
2014. The new courthouse incorporates the historic 1932 facade of
the original building with a 104,000 square-foot, three-story
addition. The Justice Center's six courtrooms include updated
technological capabilities to allow for hearings to be conducted by
video conference and newly installed recording equipment for court
proceedings. The courthouse will also offer WiFi for visitors. The
expanded building houses five court departments: Juvenile,
Superior, District, Housing, and Probate and Family Courts, as well
as the Law Library, Court Service Center, and Registry of