Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget includes funding to finish the design work for Modesto’s new downtown courthouse as well as a plan to pay for building it and nine other court projects across the state, including a new Sonora courthouse.
Judges, attorneys and Stanislaus court administrators have not removed a glut of local murder cases, two years after The Modesto Bee highlighted the troubling backlog with its high costs, financial and emotional.
Work started Friday on demolishing the boarded-up buildings on a downtown block that is slated to be the home of the new Modesto courthouse, a roughly $262-million building with more than two dozen courtrooms, which would replace the overcrowded and outmoded downtown courthouse.
The Judicial Council of California awarded the Superior Court a $593,000 grant for running the Homeless Court for almost three years. A proposed agreement between the Superior Court and the county would run from Aug. 1 to June 30, 2020.