Official opening of the Sud-Ouest regional courthouse on February 21

(Photo by Matthew Casey, KJZZ)

Justice of the Peace C. Steven McMurry prepares to cut the ribbon at the Southwest Regional Court Center in Avondale. McMurry is surrounded by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, County Director Joy Rich (right) and Superior Court Judge Janet Barton.

(Photo by Matthew Casey, KJZZ)

The Southwest Regional Court Center will house four courts and will be able to expand.

Maricopa County held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday for its brand new Southwest Avondale Regional Court, which will officially open on February 21.

The approximately 76,000 square foot building will house four courts and will be able to expand.

“This is a facility that has been designed and built for the ages,” said Denny Barney, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Courts of law deal with civil and criminal traffic matters. They also process protection orders and small claims up to $ 3,500.

The $ 22.3 million Southwest Regional Court Center will serve portions of six West Valley towns and part of Phoenix. It’s different from other government buildings, said supervisor Steve Gallardo.

“Because it’s a place where someone who can’t afford a lawyer, someone with very little money, can go through (these) doors and seek justice,” Gallardo said.

Elna M. Lemons