Featured Project: San Diego Central Courthouse, Superior Court of San Diego County
Completed in spring 2017

San Diego Central Courthouse

The state judicial branch’s largest construction project to date, the new courthouse consolidates court operations for central county residents, replacing inadequate and obsolete facilities with a modern, full-service courthouse.

Managing Courthouse Construction

The Judicial Council of California serves trial and appellate courts statewide by managing maintenance, renovations, new court construction, and real estate. Facilities Services supports the court facilities of California's Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and trial courts by providing strategic planning for capital outlay and funding, new courthouse design and construction, real state transactions, environmental compliance and sustainability, facilities maintenance and modifications, and security.

The Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the California courts, and its two advisory groups—the Court Facilities Advisory Committee and the Trial Court Facility Modification Advisory Committee—provide ongoing oversight and governance of the facilities program.

Judicial Council Spotlights Facilities Needs

California has approximately 500 court facilities, many desperately in need of repair or replacement. Two dozen counties in California lack a safe facility where the public can come to conduct court business. Like roads, bridges, and pipelines, the state’s court facilities infrastructure has deteriorated since the Great Recession--the funding shortfall to fix it rises every year.




Reducing Costs of New Courthouses
The Judicial Council is finding cost-saving alternatives for new courthouse projects, without sacrificing quality and safety.