The Domestic Relations Section of Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas closed at noon today when the temperature in the office located at 10 North Eleventh Street exceeded 89 degrees. President Judge William E. Platt authorized the closing. This was the second time in less than four weeks the court office closed when the building’s air conditioning system failed.
"The health and safety of our employees and of the public using the court’s services is of utmost importance," said Judge Platt. "We are aware the closing may cause serious inconvenience to the public, but we have no alternative."
The Domestic Relations Section provides establishment and enforcement services for child and spousal support. There are 80 employees and more than 15,000 active cases. The building is owned by ……………… Domestic Relations occupies about 15,000 square feet in the building.
The staff noticed the problem on Monday and immediately reported to the building manager. The County brought in fans to try to control the temperature. The offices closed on June 10th, after the air conditioner was out of service for five days.