In early January 2009, Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter named the members of the County Courthouse Task Force, approved by the Commission in December 2008. The task force has been charged with developing a plan to either refurbish the existing courthouse or build a new one.
The first meeting of the task force was held on January 23, 2009. The meeting provided an overview of courthouse history, consultant reports and review of the finance scenarios that have been discussed.
The oldest section of the courthouse is about 400,000 square feet and consists of the West and Central wings which house 38 courtrooms. Consultants have said that all building systems in this area such as plumbing and electrical are beyond their useful life.