Youngstown judges ask top court to order construction of new courthouse

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown Municipal Court’s three judges filed a complaint with the Ohio Supreme Court demanding that the city’s administration and council provide the court with “suitable accommodations.”

In a journal entry Jan. 26, the judges had ordered Mayor Jay Williams and city council to provide a new court facility of at least 34,000 square feet with numerous other requirements. In subsequent conversations, the judges said if their order were ignored they would file a request with the Supreme Court to have that judicial body require the city to provide new court space.

The two sides couldn’t come to an agreement and the judges filed with the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

“There’s no point in negotiating further with someone who’s not negotiating in good faith,” said Elizabeth A. Kobly, the court’s administrative and presiding judge.

Williams said his administration acknowledges the current court location — the second floor of city hall, 26 S. Phelps St. — isn’t an adequate site. But the mayor said every effort he’s made to come up with a solution is rejected by the judges.

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