CAIRO, Ga. (AP) - Litigants are instructed to “All rise” when court begins, but in one south Georgia courthouse, they won’t be rising by elevator.

Grady County officials tell the Thomasville Times-Enterprise that the courthouse’s elevator needs major repairs after three people got stuck in it earlier this month. Firefighters pried open the door and rescued the group, but officials determined the 30-foot (9-meter) elevator shaft must be replaced.

That’s a problem because a term of court is set to open on the second floor in December.

County Administrator Buddy Johnson says the county has one bid of $32,400 for repairs, but is seeking a second, cheaper bid. The shaft must be cut out in sections and replaced one piece at a time.

For now, judges are making special accommodations for disabled people.

Information from: Thomasville Times-Enterprise, http://timesenterprise.com/

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