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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Attorneys representing Youngstown's municipal judges and the city finish presenting evidence in a case that could determine whether or not the city's municipal court facilities will be updated. 

After three days of witness testimony, a special master appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court concluded the hearing Wednesday.

Youngstown Mayor John McNally, City Finance Director Dave Bozanich and City Building Commissioner Sean McKinney were questioned and cross examined throughout the hearing Wednesday.

City judges claim that current court facilities are not adequate for a number of reasons. The judges say the court is not secure for prisoner transfers, it lacks a holding area for prisoners and the courtrooms do not have adequate seating capacity, among other things.

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.

Special Master Andrew Campbell is next tasked with submitting a written recommendation to the supreme court justices on the matter.

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