A frozen pipe in the Capital Judicial Center sent building staff home at noon Monday.

Mary Ann Lynch, government and media counsel in the Administrative Office of the Courts for the Maine Judicial Branch, sent out the notice via email at 11:22 a.m.

Because of the frozen pipe, the building is not adequately heated.

Before the closure, people facing new charges had their initial appearances in court.

The building, which houses the district, superior and family courts, opened its doors in March 2015. At that time, about 75 staff people from four Augusta locations and seven judges who previously had offices in three locations in Augusta were relocated to the new courthouse.

Lynch said matters scheduled for the afternoon would be rescheduled. Questions about rescheduling will be handled by the clerk’s office when the court building reopens.

The court is expected to reopen Tuesday morning, Lynch said. If it remains closed, the announcement will be found on the court’s web page, www.courts.maine.gov/maine_courts/schedules/closings.shtml.

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