A pilot program that funds free legal services for low-income Californians facing critical civil cases drastically increased the likelihood of settlement, improved the longevity of court orders, and reduced court costs, a new study shows.
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.
The Judicial Council on Friday awarded millions of dollars to fund pretrial projects in 16 trial courts throughout the state.
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 committee will also consider adjustments made to the scoring process and criteria considered.
At its Nov. 14 meeting, the council also adjusted the scoring process and criteria used to create the priority list.
Building is one of 31 new courthouse projects completed since the judicial branch took over responsibility for courthouses in 2002
Downtown building will address overcrowding, security, and accessibility issues while improving efficiency by consolidating services at one location