Building California Courthouses

The process of Building California's Courthouses is complex, involving local communities, state and local government agencies, justice partners, and contractors. Each judicial branch courthouse project managed by the staff of the Judicial Council follows a standard procedure, from funding and site selection through occupancy and evaluation. Even before the process begins, there are several required steps:

  • APPROVAL of the project by the Judicial Council
  • SUBMISSION of Feasibility and Budget to Executive and Legislative Branches
  • APPROVAL by the Executive and Legislative Branches
  • FORMATION of a local project advisory group
  • SOLICITATION of site offers

The Building Process follows five key steps described below:

Legend showing who is involved with each step:

blue square The Judicial Council of California, the Capital Program staff, and its design and construction partners orange square Local Court, project advisory group
cyan square Public
magenta Other state agencies (approvals)

Site Selection and Aquisition

Legend showing who is involved with each step:

blue square The Judicial Council of California, the Capital Program staff, and its design and construction partners orange square Local Court, project advisory group
cyan square Public
magenta Other state agencies (approvals)

Design

Legend showing who is involved with each step:

blue square The Judicial Council of California, the Capital Program staff, and its design and construction partners orange square Local Court, project advisory group
cyan square Public
magenta Other state agencies (approvals)

Construction

Legend showing who is involved with each step:

blue square The Judicial Council of California, the Capital Program staff, and its design and construction partners orange square Local Court, project advisory group
cyan square Public
magenta Other state agencies (approvals)

Occupancy

Legend showing who is involved with each step:

blue square The Judicial Council of California, the Capital Program staff, and its design and construction partners orange square Local Court, project advisory group
cyan square Public
magenta Other state agencies (approvals)

Evaluation

See also our publication, Building California Courthouses.

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