If Albemarle County decides to move its courthouses, it will have to be approved by voters.
Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill that adds a clause to the state code about when a petition or referendum of county voters is needed to move a courthouse.
In July, a subsection was added stating that the removal of a county courthouse that is not located in a city or town, and is not being relocated to a city or town, does not require a petition or referendum. Albemarle’s county attorney, Greg Kamptner, said in May that the Albemarle Circuit Court is on county land that was not annexed by or “put within the limits of” the city.