A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday, October 7, in the Hanover Courts Building at Hanover Courthouse, unveiling a new waiting room for children who are about to testify in court.
This new space creates a warm and inviting environment for children testifying in juvenile and domestic relations court.
The family room was painted and decorated by members of Girl Scout Troop 5276, who cut the ribbon along with Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Judge Shannon O. Hoehl and Hanover County Administrator John A. Budesky.
“Appearing in court can be an extremely stressful experience for any individual, particularly a young child,” said Judge Hoehl. “Having a child friendly area in which to wait will lessen the trauma associated with a child’s appearance in court. I am grateful for the many hours these young ladies have dedicated to make sure that children coming to court in Hanover County will be welcomed into a warm and inviting environment. I look forward to members of the public and attorneys practicing in our courts to have an opportunity to view this unique and innovative space.”