Chatham County officials broke ground on a long-planned trial court facility Tuesday, moving closer to finding relief from the cramped confines of the J. Tom Coleman Courthouse.


The $67 million facility will be constructed on the site adjacent to the courthouse once home to the Chatham County Jail. The jail was demolished in 2018.


The new building will provide eight courtrooms for the Superior Court, four for the State Court, a jury selection room and administrative space for judges and staff. The Chatham Commission approved bonds for the project earlier this year after county taxpayers extended the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST, last November.


The trial court was on the SPLOST project list, with $50 million earmarked for the facility.