January 23, 2006
Court Facility in San Joaquin County Transfers Title to State
State Governance to Increase Access to Justice for Californians
Lodi-The Superior Court of San Joaquin County, Lodi Branch, Department Two court facility in Lodi transferred governance from the county to the state on January 3, 2006, in an action designed to increase access to safe, secure, and efficient court facilities for county residents.
This is the first trial court facility transfer in San Joaquin County, and the first building to transfer title to the State of California. Transfer of title gives the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), under the direction of the Judicial Council, ownership rights for the Lodi Branch building and responsibility for its facilities operations and management. The building will continue to operate as a courthouse for the Superior Court of San Joaquin County.
"This is the final step in one of the most significant reforms in state court history," stated Chief Justice Ronald M. George. "We are beginning a new era in California, where the state will enable our courthouses to become the safe and accessible buildings that honor our system of justice and the public they serve."
"It is gratifying to see the efforts of the Administrative Office of Courts, the County of San Joaquin and the court bear fruit," said Superior Court of San Joaquin County Judge Bobby W. McNatt. "This transfer helps assure adequate court facilities for one of California's fastest growing regions."
The courthouse is among more than 450 in California that will shift the responsibility for maintenance, operations and financing from county government to the state judicial branch by June 2007. The transfers were mandated by the Trial Court Facilities Act of 2002, a state law designed to upgrade California courthouses, many of which are now in a state of significant disrepair. The transfers give the state full responsibility for transferred facilities' operations, maintenance, and any future renovation or restoration projects.
The act is one of four major court reforms in California, in addition to state trial court funding, unification and employment protection. All four reforms are streamlining and modernizing the California trial court system.
Lodi Branch, Department Two: Located at 315 West Elm Street, Lodi, California. The facility is a single story, 6,844 square foot, single courtroom building.
See the attached Fact Sheet for more information.
For text of the Trial Court Facilities Act, visit the California Courts Web site at www.courtinfo.ca.gov/programs/occm/files/sb1732.pdf