Behind the scenes in Ontario County

Ever wonder what’s inside the dome of the Ontario County Courthouse?

Residents who toured county facilities Saturday during a three-hour open house got to see for themselves.

At the base of the historic gold dome that tops the 1858 courthouse is a newly renovated office suite, which is occupied by State Supreme Court Justice and 7th District Administrative Judge Craig Doran.

He and County Administrator Mary Krause joined attendees in a whirlwind tour of various county facilities, including the unveiling of the county’s newest courtroom on the third floor.

“We can now hold three criminal jury trials with 12-person jurors, and we couldn’t do that before,” said Doran. “We only had two courtrooms where we could hold jury trials, and that was a strain on our system because as the county grows, so does the need for court space.”

The historic building, formerly home to the county attorney’s office and the county administrator, is now exclusively courts, including the county district attorney’s offices which are on the fourth floor, Doran said.

The new courtroom was previously used by the Board of Supervisors and for grand jury proceedings.

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