Monroe Co. judges hold first day of court in new justice center

It’s the start of a new era in Monroe County.

After some construction headaches, the new Monroe County Justice Center in Sparta is complete with judges now moving into their new courtrooms.

The modernized set-up is modeled after court rooms in La Crosse County.

Judge David Rice says while the old historic justice center will be missed, it was falling into disrepair and the county badly needed the upgrade.

“Our old building was built in 1896, it served us for 130 years and it served us well, and it’s a great, historic building and I hope this one will last us another hundred years,” said Judge Rice.

A dedication ceremony for the new justice center will be held on Friday, September 29th. Guided tours of the facility will run between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. that day.