MIAMI (AP) — The Miami-Dade County
Courthouse will undergo repairs immediately following a review prompted by the deadly collapse
of a nearby condominium building, officials said.
An engineer's report recommended that floors 16 and above be closed to courthouse staff, according to a joint statement released
late Friday, and the leaders decided that all courthouse employees would return to working from home.
Workers only recently returned to the building after working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic
, according to the statement, and court operations will resume in a remote format until the safety concerns are addressed. People
who have upcoming court proceedings scheduled to take place in person will receive a new notice with instructions, according to the statement.
The statement was issued jointly by Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava
, Circuit Court Chief Judge
Nushin Sayfie, and Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin.
The courthouse, which was built in 1928 and was added to the United States
National Register of Historic Places in 1989, has 28 floors, according to news
Following the collapse of Champlain Towers South
, which killed at least 79 people and left 61 people missing, the building underwent an inspection.
Several other structures have been inspected for structural issues, and some have been evacuated, including a condo building in North Miami Beach
According to the statement, the basement of the courthouse will also be inspected to determine if additional repairs are required.