MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee County Safety Building will reopen on Wednesday, July 10th, however the Courthouse will remain closed. Both buildings were shut down after an electrical fire in the Courthouse basement over the weekend.
All criminal court cases scheduled for Wednesday, including those that were scheduled for the Courthouse, will be heard at the Safety Building or Criminal Justice Facility (CJF). Everyone with a criminal case or injunction hearing should report to room 117 of the Safety Building. Anyone with an 8:30 a.m. hearing time should report at 9:30 a.m. People scheduled to report at 1:30 p.m. should show up at that time.
Jurors should not report for duty.
People can enter the Safety Building through the State Street entrance or the top parking level of the MacArthur Square Parking Garage. They can also enter through the CJF and use the skywalk to get to the Safety Building.
“Public safety has been the number one priority throughout this cleanup and we’ve made sure the jail stayed open and that courts could get back into session as soon as possible,” Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said.
Crews are still working around the clock to clean nearly every inch of the one million square foot Courthouse, a task that is expected to take the rest of this week. The Courthouse is on track to reopen on Monday.
A cause of the fire has still not been determined however it has been ruled that the blaze destroyed the electrical infrastructure of the Courthouse, which will need to be completely rebuilt. In the meantime, the Courthouse and Safety Building will be running on generator power.
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