Los Angeles County, New Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse

outside of east Los Angeles courthouse

Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

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

The current overcrowded and deficient Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse

Current Status
This project is in site acquisition of a proposed site from the County of Los Angeles. The current expected completion date is 4 Q 2022.

Vital Statistics
Courtrooms: 5
Square footage: 57,799
Current authorized project budget: $85,023,000 
More information

In anticipation of additional cost-cutting measures, all facts are subject to change.
The Superior Court of Los Angeles County provides juvenile court services from the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse, near the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. The court occupies a little over half the space in this juvenile-only facility attached to the Central Juvenile Hall, with the county occupying the remainder.

This is one of the Superior Court's busiest juvenile facilities, receiving approximately 19,500 visitors per month, and specializing in cases involving juveniles in custody. The County Sheriff and probation staff handle more than 20 classifications of "keep-aways" (i.e., juveniles who must remain segregated from others based on the type of acts committed, gang affiliation, mental health status, etc.).

However, the facility, built in 1954 and since only lightly remodeled, contains numerous deficiencies in access, efficiency, security, overcrowding, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and physical condition. For example, the courthouse has overcrowded courtrooms as small as 600 square feet and only two holding cells, so in-custody defendants wait on benches in crowded public hallways.

The proposed project would replace this facility with a modern, secure courthouse for juvenile delinquency proceedings. Security improvements would include an appropriately sized screening area as well as separate hallways and adequate holding facilities for in-custody defendants.

The proposed project would enable the court to provide basic services not currently possible because of space restrictions, including a public lobby, public counter queuing areas, attorney/client conference rooms, and a child waiting room. The proposed project also includes secure parking for judicial officers and 150 surface parking spaces for court staff, jurors, and court users.

A site has not been selected for the new courthouse. Once the new courthouse is completed, the court will vacate its space in the county-owned building.

Architecture/Engineering Firm

AECOM Technical Services, Inc. (LA)

Construction Manager at Risk

To be selected, schedule TBD

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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