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Duval County's wheels of justice moving again

6:47 PM, Jun 11, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Monday morning, jurors were reporting for duty with several trials underway as the wheels of justice are moving again after a three week break.

The old Duval County Courthouse is back in action this week as the new courthouse is being prepped for staff so it's ready for legal business next Monday.

Last Friday, the new courthouse passed fire system tests that had kept the doors closed to court employees and the public.

"Just ready to move into the new courthouse," said Doris Johnson, a civilian bailiff who has been without a check for two weeks because of the delay.

Clerk of Court Jim Fuller says the old courthouse is filing the gaps while his staff later this week completes the transition into the modern $350 million facility.

"It is a big building. We've had our people over the last couple of days checking all the computers," said Fuller, who doesn't want to see any hiccups on Monday.

Shane Hall, who operates a hotdog stand, was back at the old courthouse for the week after taking a two week break from action.

"It is better than nothing ... you got to roll with the punches," said Hall, who is still waiting to hear if he will get a permit to set up shop near the new courthouse.

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