Sacramento County, New Sacramento Criminal Courthouse

New Sacramento Criminal Courthouse

Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento

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

The new building will relieve overcrowding in the Gordon Schaber Courthouse

Current Status
This project is in architectural design-preliminary plans with an expected completion date of 1 Q 2019.

Vital Statistics
Courtrooms: 44
Square footage: 405,500
Current authorized budget: $451,959,000 
More information

In anticipation of additional cost-cutting measures, all facts are subject to change.


Courthouse project announced, 2009 (1:54)

October 2014

In January 2013, the Judicial Council had indefinitely delayed this project due to the state's fiscal crisis and continuing cuts in court construction funds. In the state's Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Budget, the Legislature allocated $40 million in one-time cash for court construction projects. At the recommendation of its Court Facilities Advisory Committee, the Judicial Council sponsored legislation to appropriate approximately $27 million for architectural design of the new criminal courthouse for Sacramento. The legislation was approved in October 2014, so architectural design can proceed. However, funds for construction of this project have yet to be legislated. If construction funding is not secured, the Sacramento project will again be delayed.

Project Background

The Superior Court of California, Sacramento County provides services from seven different court locations within downtown Sacramento. The main facility is the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse, built in 1965. Originally designed with only 22 courtrooms, this courthouse has 44 courtrooms for criminal, civil, probate, and small claims cases. This facility is very overcrowded and lacks many significant features required for it to function safely as a criminal courthouse.

This project would provide a new 44-courtroom criminal courthouse, replacing 35 courtrooms of the Schaber Courthouse and providing for nine new judgeships. The project would consolidate most of the court's criminal operations and centralize court functions from other downtown leased facilities, including court administrative functions, court reporters, legal research staff, and the settlement conference and law and motion functions.

The project, which includes a minor renovation of the Schaber Courthouse, will enable the court to consolidate from seven to three locations, terminate four leases, and relocate a technology support unit from a county office building. After the new courthouse is completed, all civil functions will be consolidated into the Schaber Courthouse. This project will greatly improve access to justice as well as operational efficiency in both buildings.

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Compliance

Through its staff, the Judicial Council is the lead agency for preparation of an environmental report to comply with CEQA.

CEQA Background

April 8, 2011, to May 24, 2011: Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) circulated. The draft EIR evaluated the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project and recommended mitigation measures.

May 4, 2011: Public meeting held.

In response to public comments, Judicial Council staff completed a Final EIR.

On July 21, 2011, Judicial Council staff filed a Notice of Determination, thereby completing the CEQA process.

Architecture/Engineering Firm

Solicitation in process

Construction Manager at Risk

To be selected, schedule TBD

Subcontractor Bidding

Schedule TBD

Contact Info

Judicial Council of California
Capital Program

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San Francisco, California

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