Tulsa County DA's office moves upstairs in the courthouse to bigger offices

Monday, March 3rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The Tulsa County District Attorney's office has new home. Employees moved into their new place less than two weeks ago.

District Attorney Tim Harris took News on 6 reporter Patrina Adger on a tour. "I consider this the people's law office." When you talk to District Attorney Tim Harris about the new Victim Witness Center and District Attorney's offices, it's almost like talking to a proud father.

"We're sitting where the old jail used to be. Mostly bars, walls and pads, it was awful up here." The newly renovated Victim Witness Center was moved from the 7th to the 9th floor. It's equipped with new and expanded areas for victims to wait before testifying in court. “We’ve never had a large enough place where they didn't have to content in the hallways with the defendants families."

There's an expanded play area for children, private interview areas and more than 40 employee workstations. The DA's office now on the 9th floor has more office space for employees. And most of the lawyers have their own offices instead of the 3 lawyers to one office like before.

And to understand where they've are now- you have to know where they've been. “This is all there was." Harris says all the employees working in the DA's office were literally living like sardines.

And two decades and several blueprints later, he says a dream is fulfilled. "I stated in 1983 as an intern. David Moss wanted a new office, living that dream."

The price tag for the project was $3.2-million. $500,000 came from the DA office's bogus check fund. The County Commission matched that amount. And $2.2-million came from the trust authority.

And an added note, they're thinking about changing the old DA’s offices into courtrooms, but they're not sure about that yet.