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California’s courthouses are managed at the state level. The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) serves trial and appellate courts statewide by managing maintenance, renovations, new court construction, and real estate.

As of 2012, two offices in the AOC share responsibility for supporting the court facilities of California's Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and trial courts:

  • The Judicial Branch Capital Program Office leads strategic planning for capital outlay and funding, and manages new courthouse design and construction.
  • The Office of Real Estate and Facilities Management 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.

Latest News

Council Approves Guide to Manage Courthouse Construction
On April 25, the Judicial Council approved the Judicial Branch Capital Program Management Manual, a set of uniform policies and procedures to guide strategic management of the branch’s courthouse construction program. The manual is a significant part of 137 recommendations made in an audit report of the capital program commissioned by the council and prepared by Pegasus Global Holdings. A major milestone in continuing implementation of the recommendations, the manual will help ensure uniform and accountable processes for desperately needed courthouse construction projects. News Release  |  Listen (20:29)

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The Judicial Council and the AOC are committed to maintaining a transparent, consistent, and accountable procurement system that provides Californians the best value initially and over the long-term operational life of court facilities.

We follow competitive practices when contracting with qualified firms and individuals for products and services used in the planning, acquisition, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of trial and appellate court facilities.


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