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Utah County courts planning for growth

PROVO (DESERET NEWS) — If you love standing in lines, feeling squished and waiting for hours, this story isn't for you.

But for those who appreciate efficient, expanded court services, the Administrative Office of the Courts wants you to keep reading.

Court officials know that Utah County's population is growing, especially in the northwest area, and that such growth is putting a strain on the judges, employees and buildings in 4th District Court.

That's why Utah County is near the top of a "to-expand" list, said Alyn Lunceford, facilities manager for the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Every year, the AOC presents a five-year plan to the Legislature detailing their financial needs, including a building plan.

Right now the top need is Ogden's juvenile court, followed by facilities in Provo, which is part of the 4th District. Next in line are Cedar City District Court and Ogden District Court.

In a recent meeting with the Judicial Council, Lunceford and architect Peter Moyes, a principal with MHTN Architects, looked at four options for expanding courts in Utah County.

The different plans involved having two main judicial centers in Provo and American Fork, or one main center in Provo with "spokes" or smaller courts around the perimeter, including one west of Utah Lake. However, the best and council-approved solution was the "linear" approach, which places courtrooms along the I-15 corridor.

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