Letters to the Editor

Is there a need for a new courthouse?

Nothing says “old school” like arguing your case in a courtroom at Miami-Dade’s civil courthouse with the witness stand and jury box views impeded by structural support columns.

And, what Miami litigator hasn’t, during those stressful mornings, run up and down the back stairway to avoid the perpetually backed-up elevators, all while trying to appear before several judges on different floors for simultaneous motion calendars?

Currently Ground Zero of the fourth-largest judicial circuit in the country, this hallowed, yet neglected, gem is almost 90 years old. The top nine floors once housed the county jail.

A new courthouse would be really nice — but it just wouldn’t be the same.

Robert H. Weber III, Miami Beach