This week marks the completion of the new Johnson County Courthouse located in downtown Olathe. This new courthouse will fulfill a need that has been studied for 20 years: delivering a building that reflects the significance of the justice system in our society and will serve our community for generations to come.
A virtual celebration for the new courthouse will take place on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 8:30 a.m., prior to the weekly Board of County Commissioners meeting. The media and public can view it at boccmeetings.jocogov.org/ or on Facebook Live. Special guest speakers scheduled for the event include Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Supreme Court Justice Marla Luckert, along with elected officials, staff and project partners.
Court operations and services have been available during the pandemic, virtually, and will continue in that manner in the new courthouse. Questions for the District Court should be directed to 913-715-3300. The District Attorney’s office will operate just as it currently does in the old courthouse. Questions for the D.A. can go to 913-715-3000.
After Thursday’s virtual celebration, the new courthouse lobby will be open on a limited basis to members of the public who show up for a look. Sheriff’s Office and Facilities Management staff will be on hand Thursday and Friday to help visitors through/provide brief tours of the lobby and second floor viewing area, which are the only areas open to the public at this time. No courtrooms or court offices will be open to the public.
Just like in all county buildings, masks, physical distancing and following mass gathering restrictions are required in the new courthouse. More information on this project is available here.