For almost 10 years Lake County has been in limbo. It has been that long since a plan was first put in place to expand and improve the courtrooms — a plan that would remove the court from its current home on the fourth floor of the County building.
The Board of Supervisors agreed this week to send the Judicial Council of California a letter weighing in on possible alternative locations for a proposed new courthouse project, and urging that the project be kept within the city of Lakeport.
Governor Brown says his proposal cut back spending on some planned projects. That means construction for the highly anticipated new Shasta County Courthouse won't receive state funding under the current budget proposal.
(Scheduled to open Fall 2016) Merced County spans 1,935 square miles, so building a full-service courthouse in Los Banos, with room to expand, assures residents have access to justice within a reasonable distance for years to come. More
Five new courthouses open in Kings, Merced, Santa Clara, Sutter, and Tehama Counties. However, $1.4 billion in construction fund redirections made by the Governor and Legislature derails plans for other county projects. Read more.
In 2016, the Judicial Council continued focusing on efforts to better stabilize branch funding, improve branch governance, and to address concerns about fairness raised by the public, our sister branches of government, and stakeholders throughout the state.