What: The ceremony will celebrate the official dedication of the new North Butte County Courthouse for the Superior Court of California, County of Butte, in Chico.

Who: The ceremony will include remarks by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Butte County Superior Court Presiding Judge Kristen A. Lucena, and retired Judge Steven J. Howell.

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 11:15 a.m.

Where: 1775 Concord Ave., Chico, CA

Why: The event celebrates the culmination of more than seven years of planning, design, and construction of a new 65,096 square-foot courthouse for Butte County residents. The new courthouse replaces the inadequate and obsolete Chico Courthouse and the closed Paradise Courthouse. It expands court services in the North County area to include all family law and juvenile dependency proceedings, which are currently handled in Oroville, as well as all civil, probate, and North County traffic and small claims matters, providing better access to justice for the county’s growing population center. Juvenile delinquency and criminal cases will continue to be heard in the Oroville Courthouse. The new Butte County Courthouse is the first completed new construction project funded under Senate Bill 1407.

The new, two-story courthouse features five courtrooms, public service counters, a jury assembly room, space for family services, and enhanced security. The design of the new courthouse, inspired by the Sutter buttes and plateaus of nearby Table Mountain, include features reflective of traditional justice while reflecting Chico’s unique culture and environment. Designed by Tate Snyder Kimsey architectural firm and built by Otto Construction, the modern facility is designed for sustainability and qualifies for LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, the national standard for sustainable design. Energy-efficient features include extensive use of natural light throughout the building, LED lighting systems, and radiant floor heating in public areas. Situated in Meriam Park, the new courthouse will serve as an anchor property for the development project and is expected to draw considerable traffic to the area. The court will be open for business on March 23, 2015.

For more information about the project, visit the California Courts website at www.courts.ca.gov/facilities-butte.htm.

This event is open to the public. Those needing accommodation due to a disability, such as an assistive listening system or a sign language interpreter, are requested to contact the ADA Coordinator at 530-532-7002 at least 48 hours in advance of the event.

Members of the media wishing to attend the ceremony should contact Kimberly Flener, Court Executive Officer, at 530-532-7013, for directions, parking information, and other background information.