Facilities Program Overview

The Judicial Council supports the court facilities of California's Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and trial courts by providing a broad range of services:  facility planning, design and construction, facility operations management, environmental compliance and sustainability, real estate services and asset management, and emergency planning and security coordination.

The Facilities Services team Works Together Providing Access to Justice, in support of two Judicial Branch Strategic Goals: access and infrastructure.

Our core values are Integrity, Reliability, Innovation, and Efficiency

Established in 2002, Facilities Services oversees a comprehensive infrastructure program for court facilities. Through this program, the Judicial Council implements the landmark Trial Court Facilities Act (TCFA) of 2002. The TCFA shifted governance of California's courthouses from counties to the state.

Three Advisory Committees oversee and guide Facilities Services:

The brief history of Facilities is summarized in this organizational Timeline.

The organization's current structure includes six units: Project Management, Facility Operations, Program Support, Real Estate, Security, and Quality Assurance and Control. See the full organization chart.

Over the course of its history, Facilities Services has conducted or commissioned many studies and reports on a variety of building topics. View available studies and reports.

Facilities Services has received many awards for its building projects. See the complete list of awards.

AT A GLANCE

Facilities managed: Approximately 500 buildings and other properties throughout the state
Square footage managed: Approximately 19 million
Facility modification projects: More than 1,100 projects annually
Facilities services requests: Approximately 70,000 annually
Leases managed: 410
Construction projects: 29 completed. 10 underway with an estimated total cost of approximately $1.4 billion.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

American Institute of Architects' Academy of Architecture for Justice
Excellence Award 2013: Richard E. Arnason Justice Center, Pittsburg
Citation Award 2012: Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse, Long Beach
Citation Award 2011: New Hollister Courthouse
Award of Merit 2010: New San Andreas Courthouse
Award of Merit 2009: Richard E. Arnason Justice Center, Pittsburg

Associated General Contractors of California
Excellence in Partnering Award 2011: Richard E. Arnason Justice Center, Pittsburg

Engineering News-Record, California, published by McGraw Hill
Best Projects, Best Government/Public Building 2014: Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach
Best Projects, Award of Merit, Government/Public Building 2014: San Bernardino Justice Center
Global Best Project, Government Building 2014, Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach
Best Government/Public Building Project 2012: Mammoth Lakes Courthouse, Mono County
Best Small Project 2010: Plumas-Sierra Courthouse, Portola
Award of Merit 2009: Fourth District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana


National Council of Structural Engineers Association

Award of Merit 2014: San Bernardino Justice Center

Structural Engineers Association of California
Excellence in Structural Engineering Award 2014: San Bernardino Justice Center

Structural Engineers Association of Northern California
Excellence in Structural Engineering Award 2014: San Bernardino Justice Center

Western Council of Construction Consumers
Outstanding Project Award 2014: Hollister Courthouse, San Benito County
Distinguished Project Award 2012: Mammoth Lakes Courthouse, Mono County
Distinguished Project Award 2011: Richard E. Arnason Justice Center, Pittburg
Notable Award 2011: B.F.Sisk Renovation, Fresno
Distinguished Project Award 2010: Plumas-Sierra Courthouse, Portola
Exceptional Award 2010: Fresno Juvenile Justice Center
Distinguished Project Award 2008: Fifth District Court of Appeal in Fresno, Outstanding Achievement

Urban Land Institute
Global Award for Excellence Award 2014: Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse, Long Beach

History

Through its Facilities Services office, the Judicial Council of California is responsible for implementation of the Trial Court Facilities Act of 2002, landmark legislation that shifted governance of California's courthouses from counties to the state.

Facilities Program Timeline »