Roughly $1.4 billion was taken from the courthouse construction fund during the state's fiscal crisis, forcing the delay of critical new courthouse projects statewide. 

A Look at Safety in California’s Older Courthouses
Dozens of counties in California lack safe and secure courthouses. Problems faced by the Sonoma court are typical of other courts around the state.

Building Safe and Economical Courthouses
The Judicial Council created a special cost reduction subcommittee to review all plans for new courthouse projects and recommend ways to save money. Justice Jeffrey W. Johnson, chair of the subcommittee, explains how he and his colleagues find cost-saving alternatives for new courthouse projects, without sacrificing quality and safety. Music: "Mirada Cientifica" by Martijn de Boer feat. Sr. Privado. 

Audio Story: "We Need New Courthouses"
Broken elevators and the lack of separate waiting areas for the public and inmates are just a couple of the issues faced by court staff around the state. Listen to judges from Inyo, Lake and Los Angeles counties talk about the issues impacting their courts.

The core considerations for new courthouse construction are safety, security, and accessibility.

More on the Courthouse Construction Fund
The passage of Senate Bill 1407 (Perata, 2008) established special revenues for courthouse improvements, allowing the judicial branch to upgrade infrastructure used by millions of courthouse users. However, due to fund redirections initiated by the state in response to the Great Recession of 2008, the construction fund will no longer meet all court infrastructure needs.