Being a jurist at the Somerset County Courthouse in Somerville, New Jersey will now be easier and safer with the official opening of its new lobby and entry security area. No longer will people serving on juries have to line up outside and be exposed to the elements, including rain and snow, high winds and extreme cold or heat.
The new entry area leading into the enlarged lobby, designed by SSP Architects, will eliminate the trouble of waiting outside and speed the security process to get into the complex. Years in the making, the new entrance and lobby were dedicated at a year-end Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting ceremony, where SSP was acknowledged by Court and County officials for its work to create an entryway and lobby worthy of this historic courthouse complex.
Among those participating in the ceremony that took place right outside the new entryway area were Judges Kevin M. Shanahan and Thomas C. Miller, retired Judge and Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone; Shanel Y. Robinson, Somerset County Commissioner Director; and Colleen Mahr, Somerset County Administrator.
“This fantastic new entrance will ensure justice is guaranteed safely and securely,” said Robinson.
Among the benefits of the new entryway and lobby is additional space for monitoring and screening equipment, as well as providing jurors and staff with a temperature-controlled access to the building’s renovated lobby area featuring lovely porcelain panels.
In a surprise for Judge Ciccone, it was announced that the lobby area is being dedicated in her honor for her many years of distinguished public service. A plaque was unveiled honoring her work as a Superior Court Judge for 29 years, and recognizing her “as a positive force for the cause of justice.”
Judge Miller said Judge Ciccone played a leading role in making sure the “beautiful lobby” reflected the style, grace and class deserving of this historic courthouse that opened in 1909. He acknowledged SSP Architects for its work on this project that “additionally enhanced this beautiful building.”