Santa Ana- Significant progress was made today to move forward with plans to design, finance, and construct a new 18-courtroom justice center at the existing Crown Valley Parkway site in Laguna Niguel. The new facility, when completed, will help serve the needs of the growing South Orange County community of more than 500,000 residents, announced Presiding Judge Nancy Wieben Stock.
“The Court has not been able to handle jury trials at the Laguna Niguel Courthouse for the past five years due to severe building deficiencies and overcrowding at the aging facility,” said Stock.
She added, “This new facility will make it easier for South County residents, who have a court trial or are serving as jurors, to travel to a courthouse that is closer to their residence. Moreover, it will increase efficiency by allowing the Superior Court and the County’s justice agencies to unify Court operations and related County functions which are currently spread across other courthouses and county facilities.”
Today’s approval by the Board of Supervisors allows the County to enter the next phase of planning for the 18 courtroom justice center (14 new courtrooms and the reuse of the existing 4 courtrooms). The architect and engineering services firm of GKK Corporation will prepare the necessary environmental documents (CEQA/EIR), and provide the necessary work to finalize the design and prepare documents that will be provided to contractors for project bidding and implementation.
Cost for the $118 million new facility will be shared by the Court and County. The County has committed $29.4 million, financed over 30 years, and the balance will be provided by the Superior Court.
Court Release #002-06