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New State Judicial Center Officially Opens

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Gov. John Hickenlooper and Attorney General John Suthers at the ribbon cutting ceremony (credit: CBS)

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Attorney General John Suthers at the ribbon cutting ceremony (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – Many of Colorado’s state courts have a new home after the new state judicial center officially opened Monday afternoon.

The Ralph Carr Colorado Judicial Center cost $258 million to build. It replaces the old state Supreme Court building that was torn down in 2010.

Former Gov. Bill Ritter, who signed the bill to fund the building’s construction, spoke at Monday’s ceremony.

“We also want to inspire the people who inhabit this building, whether they’re judges, or their staff, or their lawyers; even the people who come to litigate here,” Ritter said. “It’s important that we have this monument.”

The building is named for Former Colorado Governor Ralph Carr. He served in the early 1940s and destroyed his political career by speaking out against the forced relocation of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

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