Judges see Milwaukee courthouse damage, hope to get back in chambers soon

CREATED Jul. 10, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee County officials are hoping at least some of the courthouse will open on Monday to start moving some of the court cases through.

Wednesday, the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court was at the courthouse to see for herself what was going on, and to make sure the state was stepping in and helping anywhere it can.

“We’ve been in constant communication with Judge Kremers since the weekend and the state has brought in technology to replace that which went out,” said Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

The Safety Building re-opened Wednesday morning so some court cases could be heard, but not without hiccups. 

Power went out twice Wednesday. Two large generators have been brought in to help with the power load.

“They tell me once they have these other transformers and generators hooked up we won’t have a risk of this,” said Milwaukee County Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers.

Kremers will have to get as much work done from the Safety Building as possible until the courthouse re-opens, which could happen Monday.

“We’re still hoping to have at least parts of the courthouse open by next week. I feel reasonably good about that, but no promises,” said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.

If the courthouse doesn’t re-open on Monday, Kremers could look into weekend court, or extra hours during the week.

“At the moment he needs courtrooms, not judges, as I understand it. We’ll do whatever we can to aid him,” Kremers said.