Scheub Suggests Court Consolidation
December 1, 2014 — CROWN POINT (AP) — Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub is proposing that all of the county’s Superior and Circuit courtrooms be brought together at the Lake County Government Center.
The county currently has satellite courtrooms in Hammond, Gary and East Chicago.
The “Times” reports Monday that Scheub proposes moving all elected offices and support staff from the Lake County Government Center to the West Wind Building in Crown Point, which currently houses the county board of health and the coroner’s office. The cities of Hammond, East Chicago and Gary would be given the courthouse buildings for their own use.
As part of his plan, the Title IV-D Juvenile Court will remain in the Robert D. Rucker Courthouse in Gary, which was moved there earlier this year.
Lake County Attorney John Dull said Scheub’s proposal comes in the wake of a report last month by a consultant who said security for Lake County’s Circuit and Superior Courts was inadequate — and cannot improved unless they are in a single building with a single public entrance and exit.
A 2007 study paid by the county’s largest corporate taxpayers recommended closing the satellite courthouses, a government savings at the time of almost 2 million dollars a year. But the County Commissioners rejected a ptoposal to pay a consultant to study the consolidation.
[Photo: Lake County Courthouse, Gary, from Wikipedia]