Riverside County, New Indio Juvenile and Family Courthouse

New Indio Juvenile and Family Courthouse

Superior Court of California, County of Riverside

Funded by Senate Bill 1407
Initial Funding Year: FY 2009-2010

The current Juvenile Court in Indio: substandard in size and overcrowded

Current Status
This project is in architectural design-preliminary plans with a current expected completion date of 3 Q 2019.

Vital Statistics
Courtrooms: 5
Square footage: 54,967
Current authorized project budget: $52,634,000 
More information

In anticipation of additional cost-cutting measures, all facts are subject to change
The Superior Court of California, County of Riverside has 31 facilities in three regions: Western Region, Mid-County Region, and the Desert Region. Each region has a main courthouse or set of courthouses, serving as the main criminal and civil courthouse for that region.

Family and juvenile court services are currently provided in Indio at the Juvenile Court and Larson Justice Center, which is the main courthouse for the Desert Region. These facilities poorly serve the growing needs of the superior court, and the lack of consolidated facilities exacerbates the functional problems of the buildings.

This project will provide a new five-courtroom facility to consolidate all family court and juvenile court functions in the Desert Region.

The Juvenile Courthouse was constructed in 1955. This courthouse has two small courtrooms and is co-located with the county juvenile detention facility. The juvenile court is currently unsafe, substandard in size, and overcrowded. It has numerous deficiencies that create critical security concerns, including substandard security screening equipment due to lack of space; unsecured judicial parking; an in-custody waiting area located in a corridor used by judicial officers and staff; and a non-secure room used for adult holding.

The Larson Justice Center was constructed in 1997, and family law is conducted in 2 of its 12 courtrooms. These two courtrooms will be combined with the juvenile courtrooms to consolidate current family and juvenile operations, freeing up space to accommodate two new judgeships. This project will also provide one additional courtroom to support one new judgeship.

In January 2011, the Judicial Council received approval from the State Public Works Board to acquire four acres adjacent to juvenile hall in Indio, between Oasis Street and Avenue 48, for the new courthouse. The state will also acquire the county’s interest in the existing courthouse, which will be demolished after construction of the new building.

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Compliance

The Judicial Council complied with CEQA by filing a categorical exemption for this project's preferred site on December 28, 2009.

Architecture/Engineering Firm

CO Architects

Construction Manager at Risk

C. W. Driver

Subcontractor Bidding

Schedule TBD

Contact Info

Judicial Council of California
Capital Program

455 Golden Gate Avenue, 8th Floor
San Francisco, California

Customer Service Center:
888-225-3583 or csc@jud.ca.gov
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