History and Background: Five Year Infrastructure Plan

The Task Force on Court Facilities identified the current, pressing need for substantial improvements to court facilities, in its October 2001 final report. Building on the task force's recommendations, the AOC—in conjunction with the local courts and counties—developed a 20-year facilities master plan for each of the 58 superior courts in California. These plans, developed between 2001 and 2003, formed the basis for the first Trial Court Five-Year Capital-Outlay Plan.

Every year since 2004, in accordance with Assembly Bill 1473, the AOC submits an updated Judicial Branch Five-Year Infrastructure Plan, approved by the Judicial Council, to the State Department of Finance (DOF), as part of the court project funding request process for the upcoming fiscal year.

2013
The latest plan—the Judicial Branch AB 1473 Five-Year Infrastructure Plan for FY 2014–2015—was adopted by the Judicial Council in June 2013. It includes an updated trial court capital-outlay plan of 100 projects (in January 2013 dollars), including new construction, additions, and major renovations, as well as a summary of the FY 2014–2015 project funding requests submitted to the DOF. Of the 100 total projects in the capital-outlay plan—all of which are without an identified funding source—46 are new construction to replace obsolete existing court facilities, 34 are renovations to existing court facilities, and 20 are expansions of existing or future court facilities. The plan also includes a list of all SB 1407 projects—11 in total—that have been indefinitely delayed by the Judicial Council.

2012
In October 2012, the Judicial Branch AB 1473 Five-Year Infrastructure Plan for FY 2013–2014 was adopted by the Judicial Council. This plan included a trial court capital-outlay plan of 101 projects with project budgets adjusted to January 2013 dollars and a summary of the FY 2013–2014 project funding requests submitted to the DOF.

2011
In December 2011, the Judicial Branch AB 1473 Five-Year Infrastructure Plan for FY 2012–2013 was adopted by the Judicial Council. This plan included a trial court capital-outlay plan of 101 projects with project budgets adjusted to January 2012 dollars and a summary of the FY 2012–2013 project funding requests submitted to the DOF.

2010
In August 2010, the Judicial Branch AB 1473 Five-Year Infrastructure Plan for FY 2011-2012 was adopted by the Judicial Council. This plan included a trial court capital-outlay plan of 102 projects with project budgets adjusted to January 2010 dollars, and a summary of the FY 2011-2012 project funding requests submitted to the DOF.

2009
In October 2008, the Judicial Branch AB 1473 Five-Year Infrastructure Plan for fiscal year 2010-2011 was adopted by the Judicial Council. This plan included a trial court capital-outlay plan of 153 projects with project budgets adjusted to January 2008 dollars, and a summary of the FY 2010-2011 project funding requests submitted to the DOF.

2008
In April 2008, the Judicial Branch AB 1473 Five-Year Infrastructure Plan for fiscal year 2009-2010 was approved by the Judicial Council. This plan included a trial court capital-outlay plan of 152 projects with project budgets adjusted to January 2008 dollars, and a summary of the FY 2009-2010 project funding requests submitted to the DOF.

2007
In April 2007, the Judicial Branch AB 1473 Five-Year Infrastructure Plan for fiscal year 2008–2009 was approved by the Judicial Council. This plan included a trial court capital-outlay plan of 175 projects with project budgets adjusted to January 2007 dollars, and a summary of the FY 2008–2009 project funding requests submitted to the DOF.

2006
On February 24, 2006, the Judicial Council approved the Judicial Branch AB 1473 Five-Year Infrastructure Plan for fiscal year 2007–2008. This plan included trial court project budgets adjusted to January 2006 dollars and summarized the FY 2007–2008 funding requests to the DOF for various trial and appellate court projects. In August 2006, the Judicial Council approved a new methodology for prioritizing new trial court construction and renovation projects. The Judicial Branch Five-Year Plan for FY 2007–2008, submitted to the DOF on September 8, 2006, included this methodology and 181 trial court projects sorted into five project priority groups.

2005
In June 2005, a five-year plan for the entire Judicial Branch was developed, referencing all projects for the trial courts (i.e., Trial Court Five-Year Capital-Outlay Plan) in addition to those for the appellate courts and for the different offices of the AOC. This plan, titled AB 1473 Five-Year Infrastructure Plan Fiscal Year 2006–2007, contained a sequentially-ranked list of 201 trial court projects budgets adjusted to January 2005 dollars.

2004
The Judicial Council, in accordance with its responsibility under the Trial Court Facilities Act of 2002, approved the first Trial Court Five-Year Capital-Outlay Plan on February 27, 2004, in order to recommend to the Governor and the Legislature that projects be funded from the State Court Facilities Construction Fund.

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