BANGOR, MAINE (NEWS CENTER) -- Court cases are now being heard in the new Penobscot Judicial Center.
The judicial center combines Maine District Court in Bangor and Penobscot County Superior Court. It has seven courtrooms. Three of them are designed for jury cases, three of them are designed for family court, and one is designed for arraignments. The building has many more security features than the two old courthouses, including screening when entering the building and more than one hundred security cameras that are monitored throughout the day. There are also separate travel paths through the building for the public, staff, and inmates. Supreme Court Justice Warren Silver, who oversaw the project, says the judicial center has the technology to host other matters besides traditional court cases.
"We have major tele-video capabilities here," Silver said. "So we will have screening panels for medical malpractice matters that are usually not in courthouses here in our building."
The building cost approximately $36.4 million to build