- Governance and Oversight: Capital Construction Program
- Courthouse Projects
- Senate Bill 1407
Purpose: This committee makes recommendations to the Judicial Council concerning the judicial branch capital program for trial and appellate courts throughout the state.
Working Group (2011-2013)
Advisory Committee (2013-Current)
March 24, 2015 Court Facilities Advisory Committee and Courthouse Cost Reduction Subcommittee Meeting
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Judicial Council San Francisco Office
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Third Floor – Malcolm M. Lucas Board Room
Public Call-in Number: 1-877-820-7831, Passcode: 1027209
Meeting information by year:
The 21-member advisory committee is composed of trial and appellate courts leadership from throughout the state, including justices, judges, and court executives, in addition to private attorneys, design and facilities professionals, and a local government administrator. This committee reports directly to the Judicial Council. The current membership terms are staggered, running until September of 2016 and 2017.
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Jul 29, 2014: Council approves request for court construction legislation
The Judicial Council approved a recommendation by its Court Facilities Advisory Committee to request legislation to use a $40 million, one-time cash allocation for court construction projects. The request includes $27 million to complete architectural design of the New Sacramento Criminal Courthouse. News Release
Apr 25, 2014: Council approves guide to manage courthouse construction
On Apr 25, the Judicial Council approved the Judicial Branch Capital Program Management Manual, a set of uniform policies and procedures to guide strategic management of the branch’s courthouse construction program. The manual is a significant part of 137 recommendations made in an audit report of the capital program commissioned by the council and prepared by Pegasus Global Holdings. A major milestone in continuing implementation of the recommendations, the manual will help ensure uniform and accountable processes for desperately needed courthouse construction projects. News release | Listen (20:29)
Mar 12, 2014: Advisory committee approves site for new Modesto courthouse
At a public meeting on March 12, the advisory committee voted unanimously to endorse a subcommittee directive to continue negotiations on a 10th Street property that will become the site for the New Modesto Courthouse for Stanislaus County. Prior to voting, the committee listened to nearly four hours of public comment about where the new courthouse should be located. News release
Mar 5, 2014: Committee to meet about new Modesto courthouse site
On Mar 12 the advisory committee will meet to review a subcommittee directive regarding the acquisition of a site for the new Modesto courthouse in Stanislaus County. The public is invited to submit written comment in advance of the meeting or to request time to speak during the meeting's comment period. Refer to the meeting agenda and news release for details. Meeting agenda News release
Mar 11, 2013: Working group cuts budget of San Diego Courthouse
Tunnel to Central Jail canceled as a cost reduction measure. News release
Feb 26, 2013: Judicial Council delays 11 more courthouse projects absent additional funding
The council accepted the working group's recommendations to advocate for court construction funding restoration. If not, 11 more courthouse projects are delayed at least a year. News release | Judicial Council report | Listen (19 min)
Feb 8, 2013: Working Group recommends funding for all courthouse projects
The working group recommended that funding be requested of the Legislature so that all active courthouse projects could proceed in the upcoming fiscal year. Without funding restoration, 11 urgently needed projects will not be able to move forward as scheduled. News release
Jan 17, 2013: Judicial Council approves delay of four more court construction projects
Justice Brad Hill, Chair of the Court Facilities Working Group, presents the group's recommendations to delay courthouse projects in Sacramento, Fresno, Nevada City, and Los Angeles, pending the outcome of the state budget for fiscal year 2013-2014.
News release | Judicial Council report | Listen (10 min)
Dec 17, 2012: Invitation to comment
Working group draft recommendations resulting from the meeting Dec 13 posted for public comment.
Dec 13, 2012: More cuts possible to court construction program
With the potential for an additional shortfall to the courthouse construction budget, the Court Facilities Working Group will meet Thursday, Dec 13, to draft recommendations designating which of 23 courthouse projects should be indefinitely delayed. Meeting agenda
Dec 13, 2012
Four More Courthouse Projects May Be Delayed
Oct 26, 2012: Judicial Council delays seven courthouse projects
The Judicial Council accepted the working group's recommendations to delay seven courthouse projects due to budget cuts. It also accepted the audit report from Pegasus-Global Holdings, Inc. and directed implementation of its recommendations. Judicial Council report
Sept 10, 2012: Recommendations from September 5-7 meeting
The working group recommended that seven court construction projects be indefinitely delayed due to budget cuts. It also accepted the audit report from Pegasus-Global Holdings, Inc. and endorsed implementation of its recommendations.
Aug 24, 2012: Audit subcommittee releases final audit report on court construction program
The audit subcommittee of the Court Facilities Working Group today released the final audit report on California’s court construction program.
July 23, 2012: Public comments on project reprioritization invited
The working group opened its five-week public comment process to gather information on which to base recommendations to the Judicial Council on which projects should proceed and which should be delayed.
July 13, 2012: Project reprioritization announced
Significant budget reductions will require that upwards of $500 million in court construction projects be delayed indefinitely. The working group announced an open, public process by which it will arrive at recommendations for the Judicial Council on which projects should proceed and which should be delayed.
Apr 24, 2012: Judicial Council meeting
The Judicial Council endorsed the Court Facilities Working Group's cost-cutting direction for court construction statewide, including the reassessment of 13 projects and further construction budget trimming on 24 projects.
Video report from the meeting
Video shown at the meeting: Courthouse conditions statewide
Audio from the meeting
Judicial Council report
Jan 12, 2012
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