The Roderick Ireland Courthouse in Springfield has been temporarily closed to address mold problems.
The Massachusetts Trial Court says contractors are being brought in to address the issue.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni ordered his employees to evacuate the courthouse Wednesday because of deteriorating conditions before the decision was made to close the entire building.
In an email earlier this morning Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni ordered his staff to evacuate their offices In the courthouse due to the continued deterioration of environmental conditions within.
His email, in part, read: “Due to environmental concerns in the buildings, I am instructing you to evacuate the Courthouse and report to the main conference room on the 21st floor of Tower Square. Please do so immediately, but with due care and caution. Please take any files or other work materials with you that you will need to continue your work. ADAs should also have your laptops with which you can work remotely from Tower Square. We will continue to meet the demands of criminal justice to the extent necessary, including appearing in court; however, I seek for all my employees to avoid that environment as much as we can.”
Mold issues also forced the state Trial Court to close its makeshift courtroom at the former Eastfield Mall movie theater this week.
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