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Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007
Image for Fall River Court Groundbreaking
From left: Superior Court Chief Justice Barbara J. Rouse, District Court Chief Justice Lynda M. Connolly, State Representative Robert Correia, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, State Senator Joan M. Menard, Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan, State Representative Michael J. Rodrigues, Fall River Mayor Edward M. Lambert, Jr., Division of Capital Asset Management Commissioner David B. Perini, and Governor’s Council Member Carole A. Fiola. Photo courtesy of the SJC Public Information Office.

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new Fall River Trial Court

On Oct. 22, prominent leaders from Massachusetts’ state and local government, gathered in Fall River to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Fall River Trial Court at 186 South Main Street.  The new Fall River Trial Court will house the Fall River District Court and Bristol County Superior Court criminal sessions. Event speakers included:

  • Chief Justice Robert A. Mulligan, master of ceremonies, Administration and Management, Superior Court, Boston
  • Chief Justice Lynda M. Connolly, District Court, Boston
  • Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, Supreme Judicial Court, Boston
  • Chief Justice Barbara J. Rouse, Superior Court, Boston
  • Representative Robert Correia, Seventh Bristol, Fall River 
  • Mayor Edward M. Lambert, Jr., Fall River  
  • State Senator Joan M. Menard, First Bristol and Plymouth 
  • Commissioner David B. Perini, Division of Capital Asset Management
  • Representative Michael J. Rodrigues, Eighth Bristol, Fall River

The new five-story Trial Court building will contain nine courtrooms filled with natural light, a law library, administrative offices, jury rooms, and an office for the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.  It will feature modern security and technology systems and will be fully handicapped-accessible.

“I am confident that the spectacular new courthouse to be erected in downtown Fall River will embody and reflect the values of equal justice under the law and will stand as an appropriate monument to the community,” said Chief Justice Marshall.  “It is a symbol of the continuing rejuvenation of our judicial branch.”

The new Fall River Trial Court is the first courthouse in the Commonwealth to seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accreditation. The design incorporates high efficiency lighting with an emphasis on maximizing the use of natural daylight.  The heating and cooling systems, and other mechanical and electrical systems throughout the building, also will be highly efficient. 

The new Fall River Trial Court is scheduled for completion in fall 2009.

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