An attorney at this Mendocino County courthouse must use the stairs to get to the 4th floor. The building has severe functional deficiencies and problems with access under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
An earthquake created cracks in the Napa County courthouse's exterior walls that reach all the way to the ground. The left corner of the roof wall collapsed and other sections of the roof threatened to cave in.
A ceiling leak at this courthouse in Riverside County threatens court files. The building also suffers from critical security concerns, including substandard screening equipment and a non-secure room used for holding incustody defendants.
Inmates cross the street from the jail to this Santa Barbara County courthouse because it lacks a sallyport or other secure way to get them to their court proceeding. A tour bus bringing visitors to see this historic building gives them a front row seat for this daily procession.
The beams holding up a section of the roof at the Los Angeles County mental health courthouse buckled so much that the buidling was declared unsafe to occupy and court services in that location were shut down.
After getting scrapped by budget cuts, a tunnel connecting the Central Jail in downtown San Diego to the new Superior Court building may be on solid ground because of a new deal between the county and the state.
For almost 10 years Lake County has been in limbo. It has been that long since a plan was first put in place to expand and improve the courtrooms — a plan that would remove the court from its current home on the fourth floor of the County building.
The Board of Supervisors agreed this week to send the Judicial Council of California a letter weighing in on possible alternative locations for a proposed new courthouse project, and urging that the project be kept within the city of Lakeport.