Court Facilities Advisory Committee

Purpose: This committee makes recommendations to the Judicial Council concerning the judicial branch capital program for trial and appellate courts throughout the state.

Date Established:
Working Group (2011-2013)
Advisory Committee (2013-Current)

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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  • Hon. Brad R. Hill, Chair, Administrative Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District
  • Hon. Patricia M. Lucas, Vice-Chair, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
  • Hon. Donald Cole Byrd, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Glenn
  • Mr. Anthony P. Capozzi, Attorney at Law
  • Mr. Stephan Castellanos, FAIA, Principal Architect, Derivi Castellanos Architects, Former State Architect of California
  • Hon. Keith D. Davis, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino
  • Hon. Samuel K. Feng, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
  • Hon. Robert D. Foiles, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo
  • Ms. Melissa Fowler-Bradley, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Shasta
  • Hon. William F. Highberger, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Hon. Jeffrey W. Johnson, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division One
  • Hon. Laura J. Masunaga, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Siskiyou
  • Mr. Stephen Nash, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa
  • Hon. Gary R. Orozco, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno
  • Hon. David Edwin Power, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Solano
  • Ms. Linda Romero Soles, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Merced
  • Mr. Larry Spikes, County Administrative Officer, County of Kings
  • Mr. Kevin Stinson, Assistant Clerk Administrator, Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three
  • Mr. Val Toppenberg, Consultant, Former Redevelopment Director for City of West Sacramento and for City of Merced
  • Hon. Robert J. Trentacosta, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
  • Mr. Thomas J. Warwick, Jr., Attorney at Law
  • Courthouse Cost Reduction Subcommittee
  • Independent Outside Oversight Consultant Subcommittee
  • Subcommittee on Courthouse Names

 

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 19, 2013
Judicial Council To Consider More Court Construction Delays

Feb 11, 2013
Facilities Working Group Recommends Funding for All Courthouse Projects

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

Justice Brad Hill SpeakingJan 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 20, 2012
Budgets Reduced on Four Court Construction Projects

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

Dec 6, 2012
More Cuts Possible to Court Construction Program

Nov 1, 2012
Budgets on Seven Courthouse Construction Projects Reduced

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.

Sep 7, 2012
Working Group Recommends Implementation of Audit

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.

May 4, 2012
Progress Report: Independent Oversight Consultant

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

Apr 16, 2012
Oversight Committee Recommends Reassessment of 13 Courthouse Projects for Cost Reductions

Jan 12, 2012
Independent Oversight Consultant Selected

Dec 12, 2011
Judicial Council Approves Cost Reductions in Facilities Program

Oct 24, 2011
Court Facilities Working Group Recommends Cost Reductions

Oct 3, 2011
Court Facilities Working Group Invites Public Comment on Courthouse Projects

Aug 30, 2011
Court Facilities Working Group Seeks Independent Expert

July 12, 2011
Chief Justice Names Court Facilities Working Group Members

In July 2011, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye established the Court Facilities Advisory Committee (formerly, the Court Facilities Working Group) as a standing advisory committee to the Judicial Council to provide ongoing oversight of the judicial branch capital construction program for trial and appellate courts throughout the state. The committee oversees the work of the Judicial Council staff in its effort to implement the judicial branch’s statewide capital improvement program and makes recommendations to the Judicial Council for action.

Contact Information

Capital Program
Operations & Programs
cfac@jud.ca.gov

 

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