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Community court opening at new location
Friday, August 20, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano
At long last, the Downtown Austin Community Court will be opening at its new temporary location at One Texas Center. The court will be closed this upcoming week, Aug. 23-27, and will begin operations at the new location on Monday, Aug. 30. It is expected that the court will operate at the new location for two years, giving the city time to identify and prepare a permanent home. (That home is scheduled to be identified this fall.) So far, the city has not been able to find a permanent location for the court; it has been operating out of a space at 719 E. Sixth St. and the Terrazas Branch of the Austin Public Library during the pandemic, but those options no longer exist. A plan to relocate the court to the east side was shot down by City Council at the end of last year.
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