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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.

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San Bernardino Justice Center

Two California Courthouses Certified LEED Gold
Two award-winning new courthouses, the San Bernardino Justice Center and the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, have been certified as LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED-certified buildings save money and resources, promote renewable, clean energy, and have a positive impact on the health of those who use and occupy the buildings. Both courthouses were designed for LEED Silver and achieved the higher certification level at no added cost. This high level of LEED certification was achieved because of the shared sustainability goals of the Judicial Council, the courts, the architects, and the builders.

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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.


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