Calaveras County, Calaveras County Courthouse

Completion Date: 4th Quarter of 2013
Occupancy Date: November 25, 2013
Gross Square Footage: 44,644
Total Courtrooms: 4
Authorized Project Budget: $45,364,000
Architectural/Engineering Firm: DLR Group
General Contractor: McCarthy Building Company, Inc.
Fund: Senate Bill 1732
Initial Funding Year: FY 2007–2008


Certified as LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council
American Institute of Architects' Academy of Architecture for Justice - Award of Merit 2010

Calaveras County, Calaveras County Courthouse

The previous Superior Court of Calaveras County provided services from a single location. Operating out of the county Legal Building and awkwardly augmented by an adjacent modular building, the court facilities were functionally deficient, significantly overcrowded, and among the worst in the state in terms of security and physical condition. The deplorable situation of the previous facilities and the public's hindered access to court services were among the reasons why the proposed new Calaveras county courthouse was urgently needed.

This project created a new four-courtroom Superior Court of Calaveras County Courthouse, replacing the court's space in the Legal Building and adjacent modular unit. The new courthouse includes space for court administration, a court clerk, court security operations, a holding area, and building support space.
In August 2009, the Judicial Council of California (JCC) acquired from the County 6.9 acres north of the county government campus, adjacent to what would become the site of a new county justice facility, for the new courthouse.

This project was recognized by the American Institute of Architects' Academy of Architecture for Justice, receiving an award of merit in the 2010 Justice Facility Review.

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Compliance

The County of Calaveras was the original lead agency for the CEQA environmental studies done on the site for the new courthouse. The JCC adopted the county's existing Mitigated Negative Declaration prior to the acquisition of the property.

April 29, 2009: the JCC filed its own Notice of Determination for the courthouse project.


Contact Info

Judicial Council of California
Facilities Services

455 Golden Gate Avenue
8th Floor
San Francisco, California