Featured Project: San Diego Central Courthouse, Superior Court of San Diego County
Completed in spring 2017

San Diego Central Courthouse

The state judicial branch’s largest construction project to date, the new courthouse consolidates court operations for central county residents, replacing inadequate and obsolete facilities with a modern, full-service courthouse.

Managing Courthouse Construction

The Judicial Council of California serves trial and appellate courts statewide by managing maintenance, renovations, new court construction, and real estate. Two staff offices under the council share responsibility for supporting the court facilities of California's Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and trial courts:

  • The Capital Program office leads strategic planning for capital outlay and funding, and manages new courthouse design and construction.
  • The Real Estate & Facilities Management office manages court real estate, environmental compliance and sustainability, and facilities maintenance and modifications.

The Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the California courts, and its two advisory groups—the Court Facilities Advisory Committee and the Trial Court Facility Modification Advisory Committee—provide ongoing oversight and governance of both offices.

Judicial Council Spotlights Facilities Needs

California has more than 500 court buildings, many desperately in need of repair or replacement. Two dozen counties in California lack a safe facility where the public can come to conduct court business. Like roads, bridges, and pipelines, the state’s court facilities infrastructure has deteriorated since the Great Recession--the funding shortfall to fix it rises every year.


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