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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Testimony is underway in Columbus as a special master appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments that could determine whether or not Youngstown municipal court facilities will be upgraded.

Attorneys representing the judges and the City of Youngstown questioned the witnesses who began taking the stand Monday morning.

City judges claim that current court facilities are among other things, too dirty, too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter and not well maintained.

In 2009, the judges asked the Ohio Supreme Court to force the city to pay for improved court facilities, which the judges say are not in compliance with safety and legal standards set by Ohio law.

In an earlier deposition taken for the case, Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Kobly said, "we've been stonewalled, we've been pooh-poohed, we have been ignored, and otherwise just refused."

After the hearing, which could last all week,  special master Andrew Campbell will make his recommendation to the supreme court justices.

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