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4/19/2022 1:20:00 PM
LC Officials Announce Grand Opening Of New Courthouse
Open House June 17 at 2 p.m. with refreshments and tours
Contributed Art Work of New Courthouse
Contributed Art Work of New Courthouse

North Carolina Judicial Branch
Press Release

LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Lincoln County Court Officials join in celebration with Lincoln County Government Officials in the announcement of the opening of the new Lincoln County Courthouse located at 120 Justice Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

The three‐story, 105,000 square‐foot, court facility designed by Moseley Architects and constructed by Barnhill Contracting Company is home to the offices of the Lincoln County Clerk of Superior Court, District Attorney, Lincoln County Magistrate, Guardian ad Litem, Public Defender, Probation, District Court Judicial Office, and the Superior Court Judicial Office. The $36.5 million‐dollar facility also houses nine courtrooms, supplies designated areas for jury assembly and grand jurors, multiple attorney‐client meeting spaces and supplies new furnishings for all courtrooms and spaces.

The facility is also equipped with the latest technology, multiple public restrooms, and a designated area for secure inmate transfers to and from the courthouse.

In announcing the upcoming opening of the new courthouse, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Forrest D. Bridges states “We are grateful to our Lincoln County Commissioners, past and present, who have contributed to the plans and funding for this beautiful new facility. It has been challenging to come up with a plan for a building that will accommodate current and future needs of the court system, made even more difficult by the prospects of moving from a beloved historic building that has served as a centerpiece of the downtown area for the past century. We feel that this new building will carry forward much of the beauty and tradition of our historic courthouse while providing the physical space and efficiencies that will be demanded by Lincoln County as it continues to grow at a rapid pace."

The early stages of this project began in 2015 after Judge Bridges met with Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins regarding the physical state of the court facility located at 1 Court Square and its impact on court operations. County Manager Atkins introduced the idea of building a new courthouse to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners in December 2015. As a result, the Board of Commissioners decided to move forward with placing the project on the Capital Projects list. Over the next couple years, staff and the Board of Commissioners looked at several potential sites to construct the facility. After much consideration and input from constituents and outside entities, the Board of Commissioners decided to construct the new courthouse off Gamble Drive in Lincolnton where the new facility stands today. Lincoln County secured financing in 2019 and construction commenced May 2020.

“Over the past 30 years I have been involved in many discussions concerning the old courthouse and how it lacks technology, security and adequate parking. When I was appointed as county manager in 2014, one of the first goals was to review the status of all county‐ owned buildings and decide what needed to be done to correct any issues with existing buildings. Over the past eight years, the county has made great strides in improving many public buildings; however, none were more important than addressing the courthouse issues that existed. After many meetings between local and state leaders, the new courthouse design was completed in 2019. I am very proud of the decision of the commissioners to build a courthouse that offers improved security, technology, and is expected to last well over 100 years,” said Kelly Atkins, County Manager.

Opening Information: Lincoln County Government and Court Officials are pleased to announce that the new court facility located at 120 Justice Drive, Lincolnton, NC 20892 will open to the public on Monday, June 27, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. The courthouse currently located at 1 Court Square, Lincolnton, NC 28092 will close to the public on Friday, June 24, 2022, at 5 p.m.

Moving Information: Court staff will utilize the dates of Monday, June 20, 2022 – Friday, June 24, 2022, to move between court facilities in preparation of opening day to the public. During this time, the court facility located at 1 Court Square will remain open to the public during regular business hours for daily court business.

Open House Information: Members of the public are invited to join the ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration at 120 Justice Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092 on Friday, June 17, 2022, for refreshments and tours beginning at 2 p.m.

In the coming weeks, the Courts will provide further calendaring information regarding the scheduling of hearings with specific courtroom details during the relocation period. This information can be found by accessing the following link once posted:‐county

Effective Monday, June 27, 2022, Lincoln County Courthouse address and contact information will be as follows:

  • Physical Address: 120 Justice Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092
  • Mailing Address: Post Office Box 8, Lincolnton, NC 28092
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday / 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Phone / Main: 704‐742‐7800

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