Courthouse single-point entry

Starting Thursday (Jan. 2), citizens must enter the Hardin County Courthouse on the east side of the building. To provide better security/safety for the public and county workers, the newly erected vestibule will be the only access point.

The new vestibule on the east side of the Hardin County Courthouse will become the building's only public access point at the start of the new year.

On Jan. 2, citizens visiting the courthouse will no longer be able to enter the building via the north and south steps, as county officials hope the move will provide better security/safety for not only county employees, but the public as well.

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Welcome to Hardin County!

"just having person in uniform helps de-escalate people"

In other words, Hardin County presents the intimidation factor. We apparently are already victims of the fear factor.

Will the guard be armed? How much formal training will the guard receive? Who would be liable for any injury to a citizen from a guard's actions that were perhaps over-reactive?

BTW, how much does this cost and who is paying for it? Will it result in increased court costs somewhere along the line? (Do higher court costs prevent some people from having access to the legal system and legal remedy? Asking for a friend.)

So many questions, so few answers.

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