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.
Gov. Brown's Preliminary Budget Provides Funding for 15 Court Construction Projects
On Jan 9, Gov. Brown released his proposed state budget for fiscal year 2014-2015. If passed, 15 court construction projects
would receive funding to proceed, while others remain indefinitely delayed due to five years of deep cuts to construction funding. As noted in Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye
’s Access 3D vision
, physical access to justice requires safe, secure, and accessible courthouses.
ABOUT THE FACILITIES PROGRAM
Doing Business With Us
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.