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Posted on: November 16, 2022

Thanks to All Who Joined Us for the Justice Center Ribbon Cutting

Dignitaries cut the ribbon on the new Justice Center


Photo provided by the Kemp High School Yearbook Staff Photographers

Pictured L to R: Pct. 2 Commissioner Skeet Phillips, Pct. 1 Commissioner Mike Hunt,  Pct. 4 Commissioner Ken Cates, 86th District Judge Casey Blair, County Clerk Laura Hughes, County Judge Hal Richards, Former 422nd District Judge Michael Chitty, District Clerk Rhonda Hughey, County Court at Law 2 Judge Bobby Rich, Criminal District Attorney Erleigh Wiley, Sheriff Bryan Beavers, Cody Craig, staff rep for State Rep. Keith Bell.

Kaufman County - TX: November 17, 2022

On Thursday, November 17 Kaufman County celebrated the completion of the new 98,000 sq. ft. Justice Center on highway 175 with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony and Open House. The event was full of excitement and grandeur as Kemp High School and Terrell High School played major roles in the ceremony. 

See the images Kemp ISD photography students took during this event HERE:

As visitors arrived they were greeted by the Kemp High School marching band, cheerleaders, and members of the drill team. As the program began, the Kemp FFA students presented the flags and the Terrell High School Acapella Choir graced the crowd with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. 

The program included a presentation of a Texas flag that had flown over the State Capital, a certificate from our State Representative Keith Bell's office, followed by comments from the 86th District Judge Casey Blair, Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney Erleigh Norville Wiley and former 422nd District Judge Michael Chitty. 

To make things really sweet, homemade cookies baked by the culinary students of Kemp High School were available after the program as the public was invited inside the majestic building for the first time. 

To all who were able to join us, we sincerely thank you and hope you will make this building yours and come see us often. 

Images and videos of the event were captured by the Kemp High School videography and photography students and will be available on the County's YouTube channel and website next week. 

The Justice Center is located at 1902 US Highway 175 in Kaufman, adjacent to the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office. Courts and offices that will be located in the new Justice Center  

Offices that will be moving in the Justice Center on December 19 from the Historic Courthouse on Mulberry St. in Kaufman include:

Justice Center Offices

86th District Court, offices, courtroom

422nd District Court offices, courtroom

County Courts at Law offices, courtroom

County Court at Law 2 offices, courtroom

County Judge

Ceremonial Courtroom

Jury Assembly Rooms

Public Law Library

Court-Related Holding & Security

Grand Jury/Mediation Space

District Clerk

County Clerk

District Attorney

Public Defender

Scheduled move in date – December 19, 2022

 Under construction now on the northwest side of the Justice Center is a 25,000 expansion which will include:

  • Includes Precinct 1 & 4 Commissioners’ offices

  • Precinct 1 & 4 Constables Offices

  • Adult Probation

Estimated completion date for the expansion is: Late Summer, Early Fall 2023


See images taken by Kemp ISD Students
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