By Jeff Burlew, Tallahassee Democrat, Fla. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Feb. 11--Wooden benches stacked with papers and the state seal on one wall are telltale signs the room at the Leon County Courthouse once was used for court proceedings.
Now, the room is an office for Gordon Cherr, a hearing officer and general magistrate, and his assistant. Down the hall, a room once used for lawyers and their clients houses a computer worker. Farther down, a former mediation room is home to yet another office.
The space squeeze is on at the courthouse, where workers are crammed into nooks and crannies and judges are competing for scarce courtroom space.
Court officials have been asking Leon County for at least four new courtrooms since 1997. During that time, …