Construction on the new Cape Girardeau County Courthouse continues to progress. Officials say the new building will be a neighbor to the sheriff’s office. The new courthouse that is being constructed will be used for Judges, Prosecuting Attorneys, the Circuit Clerk, courtrooms and staff. The Sheriff’s Department will be responsible for providing personnel for the court, officials say. Officials say there will be a new secure tunnel that will connect the new courthouse with the Sheriff’s Office. This will take away the need for inmates to be secured together and escorted across the public streets. The new Cape Girardeau County Courthouse is being constructed on the South side of the Sheriff’s department.