Easy Escalator Access to the First Four Floors
Need to pay a traffic or parking ticket? Making a first court appearance? Looking to become a Legal Guardian? These services and many more are available on the first four floors of the new building, easily accessible by the escalator right off the main lobby after you clear security. The eight elevators of the new building serve all floors but patrons doing business on Floors 1-4 are encouraged to use the escalator system.
To access the North Tower, which houses the Public Defender's office as well as the Criminal and Juvenile Delinquency courtrooms, enter the new courthouse, take the escalator to the second floor and proceed through the pedestrian walkway to the North and East Wings. Follow signage to the North tower. Access is also available through the east bridge entrance area from the parking garage on Third Street. This 3rd Floor East Wing entrance will also take individuals to the Jury Assembly Room, West and North Towers.
Dedication Ceremony Held for New Courthouse
Commissioners and honored guests participate in the official new courthouse ribbon cutting.
Dignitaries, judges, courthouse stakeholders, and the legal community filled the lobby and witnessed the much anticipated ribbon cutting ceremony at the Broward County Judicial Complex West Building. The enthusiastic crowd of more than 100 stakeholders enjoyed listening to inspirational remarks shared by emcee Mayor Barbara Sharief, Chief Judge Peter M. Weinstein, Commissioner Tim Ryan, President, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Stacy Ritter and President, Broward County Bar Association, Charles A. Morehead III. The program concluded with a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner performed by Nicholas Vila from the Florida Singing Sons and was immediately followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Main Entrance to Old Courthouse Permanently Closed
County staff, along with County vendors, have successfully moved a majority of the old courthouse occupants to the new Broward County Judicial Complex West Building, leaving a small number of Judges and their staff still operating out of the old Courthouse building. The vast majority of public business is now operating in the new building on SE Sixth Street in Fort Lauderdale.
During the transitional move period, the public has been able to access the main courthouse location from three areas, but that is changing.
The public, attorneys and employees can no longer use the main entrance of the old County courhouse; access will only be allowed through the new Broward County Judicial Complex West Building and the east bridge pedestrian walkway entrance areas. Entry will still require going through the screening process and appropriate security personnel will remain in place through the secured entrances.