Cuyahoga County Justice Center

CMBA Involvement


Change is coming to greater Cleveland's system of justice. Our future state will be decided by a Steering Committee comprised of 12 public officials. Their charge includes determining whether to refurbish our existing Justice Center and County Jail, whether to build anew or some combination of the two. The location, layout and size of the center will be decided -- important decisions for sure. But more importantly, the Steering Committee will be making decisions between today and spring 2020 that will decide how our community's system of justice will treat our citizens for decades to come.

While the CMBA failed in its effort to land a seat on the Steering Committee, we will continue to shine a light on these life-changing discussions that are happening. We will keep our members and the pubic updated on the process underway in a variety of ways, including posting the Steering Committee's meeting schedule, agendas and related materials on this page. We will also continue to encourage our members to stay informed and get engaged by submitting articles to our Bar Journal, joining our monthly Hot Talks on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, putting on and attending continuing education programs, authoring letters to the editor and more. 

The CMBA exists to promote the rule of law — not for certain constituencies but for all. And so we will continue to create pathways that enable the many voices of our diverse, multi-faceted legal community and their clients to be heard.

Look below for more coverage of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center below, including links to our Hot Talks, Articles from local publications and Bar Journal Articles.

Justice Center Steering Committee

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

November 19, 2019: Workshop November 21, 2019
  • Preliminary Spatial and Operational Program
  • Agenda
December 19, 2019
  • Agree to Definition of Range of Alternatives
January 23, 2020
  • Review Refined Alternatives/Discussion of Evaluative Criteria
February 20, 2020
  • Comparative Evaluation of Alternatives
March 19, 2020
  • Discussion & Ranking of Alternatives
April 23, 2020
  • Status Update
May 21, 2020
  • Final Program & Master Plan

Recent Meeting Agendas:

September 17, 2019 August 7, 2019 Meeting Materials May 7, 2019 Meeting Materials March 14, 2019 Meeting Materials