- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish’s juvenile court judges have called the conditions of their current court “inadequate” and are pushing to move their facility to downtown Baton Rouge.

The Advocate (https://bit.ly/26gPWEM ) reports that judges Pamela Taylor Johnson and Adam Haney made their pitch to the 19th Judicial District Court Building Commission Wednesday to move their court from Veterans Memorial Boulevard to the 19th Judicial District Courthouse.

“We’re in dire need of a new facility,” Johnson said.

Johnson said mold, mildew issues and security concerns were the primary reasons for the request to move. Haney added that he once had to remove a live opossum from his current courthouse.

Some of the judges that work at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse raised concerns about how the move could potentially affect traffic and parking.

“I frankly don’t know if that’s a good idea with all of our downtown parking issues,” said 19th Judicial District Court Judge Tony Marabella.

State District Judge Janice Clark, who chairs the 19th Judicial District Court Building Commission, said there is no money earmarked to make the move.

Johnson said that the juvenile court could occupy the unfinished fifth floor of the courthouse.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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