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New Duval Courthouse still has no definite day to open

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City officials are hopeful that the new Duval County Courthouse can open next week, but city spokesman David Decamp tells First Coast News "we still haven't pegged a day."

Court administrator Joe Stelma said everyone not working for Turner Construction was ordered out of the building at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday for tests. There was no word on what tests they were conducting, but Turner had hoped to test its new fire safety system design Wednesday evening.

The city will begin testing on Thursday, according to city administration. The Jacksonville Fire Marshal and a third-party engineer have approved plans for the smoke detection system.

Stelma says he and three judges will meet with the city Thursday and they should know more then on when the courthouse might be able to open for occupancy.

Clerk of the Courts Jim Fuller told First Coast News that information technology employees were allowed inside to make sure computers were up and operating properly so they will be ready to go to work once the building was open. Fuller said the computers appear to be in working order.

He also said the movers did "a great job," putting everything where it needed to be. Fuller and his staff have been able to go inside for brief periods of time to make sure his office will be ready to ramp up as soon as possible once he gets the go ahead.

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