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SRPMIC Celebrates National Law Day With Preview of Justice Center

The main entrance to Building A of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Justice Center. SRPMIC celebrated National Law Day on May 1.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community celebrated National Law Day with a four-hour event on May 1 at the new Salt River Justice Center.

Visitors went on guided tours of the two-level, 98,000-square-foot building, known as Building A of the Justice Center, and attended 20-minute legal topic presentation sessions led by judicial staff and court administration. Building A is set to open in the coming weeks. Building B, which opened earlier this year, houses the Community’s Defense Advocate and Legal Services offices as well as the Office of the Prosecutor.

The Justice Center is located across Osborn Road and north of Two Waters Building A, along Longmore Road. The main entrance to Building A will be on the east side of the building.

Building A is home to seven courtrooms, court administration space and judicial staff offices. Currently, the eight SRPMIC Court judges, including Chief Judge Ryan Andrews, split four courtrooms.

Civil court, court administration, customer service windows, juvenile court, the security desk and the self-service center are located on the first floor. The appellate court, criminal court, jury assembly room and probation division are on the second floor.

The event included a free Law Day-themed “law dog” meal, T-shirts, pens, tumblers, notebooks and lunch bags. Informational law-related booths were also available to visitors.

Presentation topics included legal advice when buying a used car, the role of the judiciary and clients’ rights.

The Justice Center is already an award winner. The building received a 2014 Design Excellence Award from the American Institute of Architects Arizona.

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