PORT TOWNSEND — They have been silent witnesses to courtroom dramas for more than a half-century.
Now, the chairs in the Jefferson County Courthouse courtroom have been tried and found wanting.
The case now before court administrator Michelle Moore — how to go about replacing the chairs that have been a part of the historic courtroom scene for generations.
“I call it my bench quest,” Moore says.
People have become attached to the curved-back wooden captain’s chairs, at least one person literally.
Last year, a young woman in the courtroom for juvenile cases tore her brand-new jeans on a chair, probably on a nail or metal pin, Moore says.
That led to her mother filing a claim against the county, which Moore recommended be paid.