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Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 4:15 pm | Updated: 3:24 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Mesa Municipal Court will be shutting its doors for a week to move locations. The final day of operation at the old courthouse at 245 W. Second St. will be Thursday and doors will open at the new building at 250 E. First Ave. Feb. 22.

Mesa Municipal Court will be shutting its doors for a week to move locations.

The final day of operation at the old courthouse at 245 W. Second St. will be Thursday and doors will open at the new, $26.2 million building at 250 E. First Ave. Feb. 22.

Lily King-Cisneros, a Mesa spokeswoman, said people can still pay fines online at www.mesaaz.gov/court or leave them in a drop box at the old courthouse from Friday through Feb. 19.

According to Mesa Municipal Court Administrator Paul Thomas, the closure period will be used to repeatedly test the new building's systems.

The new 100,000-square-foot building will house eight courtrooms, 24 service windows, 83 court staff and the City Prosecutor's Office.

The building is designed to accommodate growth for two more courtrooms and 150 more workers.

King-Cisneros said Mesa has the third-highest volume of customers behind Phoenix and Tucson municipal courts.

Last year, 270,000 people visited the Mesa court, which handles traffic violations and misdemeanor crimes.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will be the guest speaker for the open house dedication ceremony scheduled for April 16.

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