On Thursday evening, a consultant told the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors that either court facility location, downtown or in the county, could work.
A representative of the National Centers for State Courts who led the courts adjacency study presented a summary of findings to the board. Last week, the board heard about the costs of moving the courts or renovating and keeping them in downtown Charlottesville.
“It’s not necessarily where the court’s at, it’s how they manage the information that they have and how they provide that managed service in an unbiased, impartial [way] and under the rule of law,” said Greg Langham, a national court management consultant with NCSC, “That’s going to make the determination about whether or not a court is successful.”
The study was made up of court stakeholder interviews and focus groups, as well as stakeholder and public surveys. Stakeholders included judges, clerks of the court, law enforcement officers, the commonwealth’s attorney, public defenders, legal aid attorneys and private attorneys. The surveys were not scientific.