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California’s courthouses are managed at the state level. 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 Judicial 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.

Latest News

Council Adopts Capital Outlay Plan for FY 2015-2016
On Aug 22, the Judicial Council adopted the Judicial Branch Five-Year Infrastructure Plan for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. Each year, after council approval, an updated five-year plan is submitted to the state Department of Finance as part of the funding request package for the upcoming fiscal year. The judicial branch's courthouse construction program currently includes 30 trial court capital projects in various stages of completion, as well as 11 indefinitely delayed projects and a Trial Court Capital-Outlay Plan of 100 projects--new construction, additions, and major renovations--for which funding is still required.

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The Judicial Council and its staff 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.



Immediate and Critical Needs
Tour of California courthouses desperately in need of replacement
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