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Proposed Santa Clarita Courthouse officially on hold

Posted: January 25, 2013 12:45 p.m.
Updated: January 25, 2013 12:45 p.m.

The proposed Santa Clarita Courthouse will remain on hold due to ongoing state budget shortfalls, a letter to the city confirmed.

The letter from the state Judicial Council said the project will continue to be delayed until additional funding becomes available.

“I understand the courthouse is very important to your city and your constituents,” wrote Steven Jahr, California’s administrative director of the courts, in a letter dated Jan. 14. “And I thank you for your support of efforts to restore funding to the construction program.”

The Judicial Council had announced late last year that it doesn’t have the funds to build a new courthouse, proposed for Castaic, or other court projects needed around the state.

The existing Santa Clarita Courthouse was built in 1971 and is a shared-use space with Los Angeles County.

As proposed, the new courthouse would provide access to services that are not available at the existing location. Such services include processing for small-claims or civil cases.

Providing those services would keep residents from having to commute outside the Santa Clarita Valley for some court appearances.

The state has also had to place four additional court projects on hold because of budget shortfalls.

Those projects were in Sacramento, Fresno, Nevada City and Los Angeles.



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