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2003 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
(504) 599-0319

  DECEMBER 18, 2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Surrounded by the justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court, the judges of the Court of Appeal-Fourth Circuit and members of the Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society, Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. honored Governor Mike Foster today in a ceremony commemorating the Governor's contribution and marking the completion of the major final renovation of the Royal Street Courthouse by Brice Building Company, Inc.

"We are not here to dedicate this building, but rather for a more limited, special reason. The final construction contract has been completed by the Brice Building Company. We hold this function in part to commemorate that milestone. But even more importantly, we hold this function to express our thanks and appreciation to Governor Mike Foster, without whom our future move to the newly renovated Supreme Court building would not have been possible," said Chief Justice Pascal Calogero, Jr.

The Beaux Arts-style building was originally built in 1910 for the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Orleans Civil District Court. The building has now been restored for multi-purpose use to house the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal- Fourth Circuit, the State Judicial Administrator's Office, the Law Library of Louisiana, an Attorney General's Office and, in time, a legal museum. Occupancy is expected in the spring of 2004.

As part of the ceremony, which was emceed by U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon, Calogero presented to the Governor a doorknob salvaged from the original courthouse building as a commemorative award for his longstanding belief that the courthouse restoration was "the right thing to do."

According to Calogero, "The overarching reason for this new courthouse is the State's respect for a constitutional co-equal branch of government and the significance of the work of the Supreme Court Justices and the Court of Appeal judges who will toil within its walls. No less a justification is the pride in the physical structure and corresponding accommodations for our Louisiana citizens and the lawyers who represent them in court proceedings which rise to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court levels of the state's judiciary."

After the ceremonial program, the newly restored courthouse was opened to attendees for self-guided tours.


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