Offices in Galveston County’s central courthouse likely will remain closed through the end of this week, and some court functions — including jury duty — could be delayed for weeks, as clean-up crews work to repair damage caused by a Saturday night fire.

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(3) comments

Doug Sivyer

They already were severely backlogged due to covid, now this. The old saying the wheels of justice turn slowly could never be truer.

Curtiss Brown

Strange as it may seem the Justice Center is not the Courthouse. The Courthouse is at 722 Moody and this fire and water damage occurred at 59th Street. The Courthouse is where the County Commissioners meet to vote on the budget and the tax rate for the County. You can't just move this stuff around with a story in the newspaper.

Sarah Clark Konopik

It doesn't appear the reporter incorrectly referenced the location of the fire -- "Offices in Galveston County’s > central courthouse <." He didn't capitalize his reference inferring it was the building you referenced.

Court is held in multiple locations in Galveston County buildings so they are frequently referred to as "courthouses" by many. The Justice Center is central and even includes federal courts.

Just sharing my perspective - I don't see any intent by the reporter to rename or redesignate any of our distinguished government buildings.

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