Improving the Courthouse Experience with Design

Litchfield Courthouse


Today’s well-designed courthouse facilities should provide accessibility and security while allowing the judicial process to move forward with efficiency. The new Litchfield Courthouse encompasses all of these design features and more.

Opening in 2017, this new complex replaces the former courthouse located in Litchfield. Security and amenities are superior in the new building, which consolidates four separate divisions of the court system into one facility.

The new courthouse houses civil, criminal, family and juvenile courts and all the requisite support spaces. It also contains a protected sally port and holding area for prisoners, a law library, a public defenders’ space, a judicial marshal’s office and a State’s attorney’s office. The courthouse also features an attached two-story, 29,200-SF parking structure that accommodates 386 vehicles.

Litchfield Courthouse was designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification as well as the State of Connecticut’s High-Performance Building standards.


DLR Group

Size / Cost

183,600 SF / $67.8 million


Civil, electrical, fire protection, mechanical, plumbing, structural, technology