Why does it take several years to build a courthouse?
The process is complex, involving local communities, state and local government agencies, justice partners, and contractors. Each judicial branch courthouse project managed by the staff of the Judicial Council follows a standard procedure, from funding and site selection through occupancy and evaluation. Even before the process begins, there are several required steps:
- The Judicial Council approves the project;
- A project feasibility report and budget proposal are completed and submitted for executive branch and legislative approvals;
- A local project advisory group is formed; and
- Judicial Council staff solicit site offers.
Click each link below to expand and collapse each step. The legend shows who is involved with each step.
||The Judicial Council of California, the Capital Program staff, and its design and construction partners
||Local Court, project advisory group|
||Other state agencies (approvals)|
1. Site Selection and Acquisition