WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today delivered remarks at the dedication ceremony for the new federal courthouse for the Southern District of Alabama in Mobile.
“Today’s dedication is a historic moment for the city of Mobile, the Southern District of Alabama, and the Eleventh Circuit,” said Senator Shelby. “It is my hope that decisions made in this new federal courthouse will uphold the rule of law and the values upon which our nation was founded. I am proud of the tireless efforts of all those involved in the process. This courthouse will without a doubt have a major impact on the Southern District of our state for years to come.”
The new state-of-the-art judicial complex is located directly north of the existing John Archibald Campbell Courthouse and will be a 155,000-sqare-foot building that will take up the entire block at the corner of St. Louis and St. Joseph streets. The facility was built with various modern upgrades, including advanced security and new technology, along with improved public access. The courthouse currently has six courtrooms – three for magistrate judges and three for district judges. The district courtrooms have galleries that can seat up to 80 people.
The opening of this new federal building is the first step in completing a two-part federal project. Employees have moved from the Campbell courthouse to the new facility, allowing renovations of the 80-year-old courthouse building to progress. The renovated facility is expected to be completed by 2020 and will house federal bankruptcy courts, probation offices, appeals offices, and U.S. congressional offices.
Last month, Jeffrey Beaverstock of Mobile, Alabama, and Judge Terry Moorer of Greenville, Alabama, were confirmed by the Senate to be U.S. District Judges for the Southern District of Alabama. Beaverstock and Moorer were both nominated by President Trump in September 2017.