Los Angeles County, New Southeast L.A. Courthouse

Current Status
Because of significant, ongoing cuts to the judicial branch budget, this project is indefinitely delayed, based on the Judicial Council's January 17, 2013 decision.

Vital Statistics
Courtrooms: 9
Square footage: 99,518
Current authorized project budget: 125,703,000 
More information

In anticipation of additional cost-cutting measures, all facts are subject to change.
The Southeast Court District comprises six courthouses: Huntington Park, Whittier, Bellflower, Norwalk, Downey, and Los Padrinos (juvenile court only). The communities of Huntington Park and neighboring South Gate are currently served by the courthouse in Huntington Park, which can only accommodate traffic, civil, and small claims cases.

The Huntington Park Courthouse operates out of a shared-use building that is functionally and physically deficient and among the worst in the state in terms of security, overcrowding, and physical condition. Because of its overall space deficiencies and problems with ADA accessibility, and as a result of 2004 security budget reductions, criminal cases had to be moved to other courthouses. Since that time, this courthouse has handled only civil, traffic, and small claims cases.

The 2004 security budget reductions also required the court to close the former South Gate Courthouse. Consequently, for the last five years, residents of Huntington Park, South Gate, and neighboring communities who are involved in criminal cases--victims, witnesses, and local law enforcement personnel--have had to travel greater distances.

The proposed project will provide a new nine-courtroom facility to be located in the Huntington Park-South Gate area, restoring criminal case processing to this area and replacing undersized, inadequate facilities to greatly improve access to justice.

Indefinite Delay

In January 2013, due to the state's fiscal crisis and continuing cuts and redirections in court construction funds, the Judicial Council decided to delay this project indefinitely, pending resolution of the state budget for fiscal year 2013-2014. More information 

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Compliance

Between April 22, 2011, and May 22, 2011, the public was invited to comment on the AOC's Draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration, a necessary step in this project's compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The mitigated negative declaration evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project and recommends mitigation measures.

Draft Report and Mitigated Negative Declaration
Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration and Notice of Public Comment Period


Architecture/Engineering Firm

CO Architects

Construction Manager at Risk

To be selected, schedule TBD

Subcontractor Bidding

Schedule TBD

Contact Info

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Capital Program

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San Francisco, California

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