Wednesday 14 September 2022
Planned events for the centenary of the courthouse
Written by William Kincaid
SELENA – When Matt Hoffman, the president of the Ohio Senate, launched his law practice in 1985 and made his way to Mercer County, he was fascinated by the beautiful and glamorous courthouse in downtown Selina.
Such a building, he said, makes practicing law much easier and more enjoyable.
“Some of the courts are not as big as the Mercer County Courthouse,” he said. “In my field, it really is the most beautiful court. Smaller counties and smaller communities seem to take a lot of pride in their courts.”
“You should be really proud of what’s going on here.”
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The Anniversary Committee plans to host a series of events leading up to and during the official seven-day celebration scheduled for September 11-17, 2023.
The morning ceremony also acknowledged that District Three Court of Appeals judges “are visiting today to hear oral arguments in two cases currently in their court,” said Erin Minor, chair of the Anniversary Committee and the assistant district attorney.
The District Court was built in 1922 and designated on Labor Day 1923, noted Court of Appeals Judge Jeffrey Ingraham before presenting the Court of Appeals judges present for celebration before oral arguments.
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However, Minor noted, the court is much more than just a building. It represents the strength, durability and permanence of Mercer County. “This court and the hardworking, honest people who have worked here over the past century have helped the citizens of Mercer County achieve justice and right wrongs, legalizing marriages for high school sweethearts, strengthening property transfers for first-time homebuyers, and eventual adoptions for people who can wait,” she added. To be parents, in addition to providing many other essential services to the citizens of this province.”
Ohio House Speaker Bob Cobb (R-Lima) praised the court.
“It’s great to be back in Mercer County,” he said. “I’ve been here as an attorney, here as a senator. I’ve been here as an appeals court judge and now in another position.” “I have always thought the Mercer County Courthouse to be the most beautiful in our area—perhaps because they were built and built so few apart from each other. But the particular nature of the dome, the complexity is just so wonderful.”
Cope said the court is vital not only to the local judiciary.
“It’s also for officials serving the public, and that really makes the county court a very special building in the heart of every county,” he said. “It is a symbol of the entire province and its people as well. It is a landmark in the community… of beauty and stability, and it is also a focal point of pride and identity in the community.”
Above all, Cope said the courtroom is an upward symbol for something more important than what’s going on inside.
“And this is the process of local self-government…where citizens here in Mercer County and throughout Ohio for more than 200 years have elected their citizens, their friends, and their neighbors to administer…civil laws passed by the legislature to help organize the community and provide services for the welfare of the community.”
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