Published: Jan 12, 2011 7:03 PM EST
Updated: Jan 12, 2011 4:03 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida Senate panel is reviewing the construction of a $48.8 million courthouse in Tallahassee that critics are calling the "Taj Mahal."

 The Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations is holding the hearing Wednesday.

The 1st District Court of Appeal moved into the domed structure on Tallahassee's southeast side last month.

 It features private bathrooms and kitchens for each of the 15 judges, miles of African mahogany trim, granite counter and desk tops, etched glass windows and impressive columns inside and out.

Construction costs have been questioned by Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who took office Jan. 4, and his predecessor, Alex Sink.

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