New courthouse to open in January

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New courthouse to open in January

November 4, 2020

The new Johnson County Courthouse in downtown Olathe is scheduled to open on Jan. 4, 2021, after more than two years of construction.

The project, built by JE Dunn Construction, is funded by a 10-year, quarter-cent public safety sales tax approved by Johnson County voters in November 2016.

Ground was broken on the project in July 2018. The seven-story courthouse, totaling approximately 320,000 square feet, houses 28 courtrooms and is expected to meet Johnson County’s judicial needs for more than 75 years. Its design will also allow for additional courtrooms to be added later as needed.

The facility features Benjamin Ball’s public art titled “Open Prairie,” visible from Santa Fe Street at the main building entrance. Additionally, the historic Goddess of Justice statue has been relocated to the lobby, marking the third courthouse to house her.

More information about the new courthouse is available at