For more than 100 years, the Effingham County community identified with the image of the existing historic courthouse on their town square. With the completion of the $10 million all-new Courthouse & Government Center, Effingham County is prepared for the growth and change to come in the next 100 years.
Adjacent to the county administration building and jail, this location allowed for linkages between these county buildings, creating a “one-stop shop” for all county government functions.
The new courthouse is a three-story complex with four courtrooms. The first floor includes a lobby with security control, offices for the circuit court clerk and probation officers, and access to a drive-thru vehicle sallyport. Courtrooms with support spaces occupy the second and third floors. The lower level houses the mechanical and electrical rooms and has a tunnel connecting to the existing jail. This secure underground tunnel between the courthouse and the jail allows for inmate transport out of sight from the public and surrounding downtown businesses.