Governor Jerry Brown signed a state budget on Wednesday that will help restore court services slashed during the recession, fund courthouse projects, and improve access to justice for millions of Californians.
The Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles is undergoing a retrofit of its lighting fixtures that will recover installation costs in less than two years and save taxpayers more than $6 million over the next 10 years in energy savings.
Demolition work to prepare the site for a new Santa Barbara Criminal Courthouse is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks. Perimeter fencing and other preparations for demolition are set to begin Sept. 24.
Inspired by the Chief Justice, 13 California counties launch efforts to boost civic education.
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.
Courthouse projects in various stages—all require funding to continue. Others are indefinitely delayed.
At its meeting this week, a council advisory committee will receive a draft report with an updated priority list for new courthouse construction projects statewide.
The Judicial Council on Friday awarded millions of dollars to fund pretrial projects in 16 trial courts throughout the state.
The committee will also consider adjustments made to the scoring process and criteria considered.
See how new and renovated courthouses are making jury service a more comfortable experience.
The Judicial Council supports the court facilities of California's Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and trial courts by providing a broad range of services: facility planning, design and construction, facility operations management, environmental compliance and sustainability, real estate services and asset management, and emergency planning and security coordination.
The courts maintain a vast amount of real estate in California and are in a position to play a significant role in achieving climate controls and sustainability.