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Updated: 06/07/2014 08:00:00AM

Case for Justice Center

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

In the mail room, deep in the catacombs of the Justice Center annex, Jim Masch, chief deputy for the clerk of the courts, stands between rows O and P in the cavernous depository, where 619,000 official county and court records are stored, dating back to 1926. The plan to scan all the files and place them on microfilm is ongoing.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

In the state attorney’s office intake division at the Justice Center, Jon Embury of court administration and Shannon Doolity, office head of the Charlotte County SAO, are wedged between bookcases filled with files. In the same room, behind the row of files, are six cubicles with employees processing data.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PUNTA GORDA — In the State Attorney’s Office at the Charlotte County Justice Center, all the shelves of the law library have been removed, creating enough space for a conference room with two tables and chairs.

Down the hall, an old file room has become a small office, with four victim advocates sharing the space. Off to the side is a tiny conference room for private conversations and where calls are transferred to assure privacy, an essential requirement of this, and other departments, throughout the building.

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