The 5th floor of the Palacio de Justicia can only be described as clutter of boxes and bags. What must cause concern is that in these are kept a variety of evidence and other items that have been seized in criminal proceedings. The whole floor is littered with objects and it is difficult to imagine how any kind of a filing system exists.
However, there are plans in place to transfer all these items to new premises in the Museo de la Semana Santa, or holy week museum. The allocated storage area is in part of the basement of the museum and will sit alongside items from the Sea and Salt Museum and Semana Santa artefacts.
The current storage area is in an unfinished part of the Palacio de Justiciabuilding. It suffers from missing plaster, is without lighting and has exposed wiring. It is hard to see how anything could be found in this labyrinth of piles of boxes. It was never intended to be used as a storage area but was designatedas more judicial offices. The building of these has never taken place.
The items that are kept here have been collected over a period of 12 years. They comprise of items that have been presented as evidence in criminal proceedings. It was in 1999 that Torrevieja established its own courts, separate from those of Orihuela. The judicial buildings in avenida de Las Habaneras are five storeys tall and now they struggle to handle all the cases that come their way.
In 2007 the courts were extended with another similar building constructed by a construction company in exchange, it is claimed, for receiving the area of Torreblanca from the City Council. However, the construction company never completed the fifth floor which currently houses this medley of evidence