The Franklin County Judicial Center closed Monday because of the snowstorm for only the third time in the past three decades or so.
That is according to court officials who said it is rare for the courts to ever close even during inclement weather.
“Monday was unusual,” Franklin County Circuit Clerk Bill Miller said. “We have a pretty good record when it comes to staying open even during the worst weather. We’ve let staff go early over the years because of hazardous road conditions due to ice and snow but usually someone is here.”
A snowstorm that deposited up to 11 inches of snow in parts of Franklin County last weekend, coupled with sub-zero temperatures, prompted the judicial center’s closure. The Franklin County Government Center also closed Monday as did area schools and many county businesses.
Miller said the judicial center last closed on Feb. 2, 2011, due to inclement weather and again, he believes, during the winter of 1984. He said his office does not maintain records on court closures due to weather.
“Judge Puchta used to make it from Hermann even under the worst conditions. He set the bar pretty high. If he could make it in, then everyone else was expected to get here,” Miller noted.
The cases that were scheduled for Monday will be rescheduled in the near future, Miller added.