Funded by Senate Bill 1407
Initial Funding Year: FY 2009-2010
The main courthouse is the historic Imperial County Courthouse, built in 1923. Four of its seven courtrooms are dedicated to criminal calendars. The courthouse in Brawley hosts criminal proceedings when courtrooms are unavailable in the historic courthouse, which is often. In both facilities, the courtrooms are undersized and overcrowded, and have life safety, security, and accessibly deficiencies.
This project will provide a new, four-courtroom facility that will consolidate all criminal court functions in one location. The Imperial County Courthouse will continue to hear civil, family, small claims, and traffic cases. The Brawley courthouse will be closed.
The approximately 47,000 square-foot courthouse will be built on a 3.6-acre site located on Wake Avenue between Merrill Center Drive and Thomas Drive, midway between the historic courthouse and juvenile hall. The project is funded through court user fees, penalties, and assessments rather than taxpayer revenues.
November 2013: The State Public Works Board approved a Judicial Council recommendation to reduce the new El Centro Courthouse project's scope and budget, and change the type of calendars to be heard from family law and family support to criminal.
October 2012: The Judicial Council directed the new project to proceed with design after a recommendation by the council’s Court Facilities Advisory Committee, reducing the hard construction budget by 10 percent.
April 2012: Due to the current fiscal crisis, the project is being reassessed to determine the number of courtrooms needed. Once that is confirmed, the project scope will be revised and lower-cost construction methods will be explored.
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Compliance
The AOC complied with CEQA by filing a categorical exemption for this project's preferred site on August 12, 2011.
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