Update: October 4, 2013
The Nevada City Courthouse Committee is raising funds and support for a feasibility study to use the existing buildings on the Church St. site. Discussions with the Administrative Office of the Courts have indicated their support for the effort, but no funds are currently available from them to fund the study which will cost approximately $47,000 for the feasibility study and $47,000 for the construction transition plan. The City Council has committed $30,000 for the feasibility study for the reuse of the buildings and has a contract pending with an architectural firm that has extensive experience in courthouse construction projects with the AOC. Local support for the effort has been received from the Nevada County Contractors Association, Nevada County Board of Realtors, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and other organizations will be considering this direction for the project over the next two months. Completing the architectural studies will greatly enhance the readiness of the Nevada County Courthouse project to proceed when funds are next appropriated by the AOC which is expected for the 2014/15 fiscal year.
Courthouse Update: January 17, 2013
Justice Brad Hill, Chair of the Court Facilities Working Group, presents the group's recommendations to delay courthouse projects in Sacramento, Fresno, Nevada City, and Los Angeles, pending the outcome of the state budget for fiscal year 2013-2014.
Nevada City has requested that the Judicial Council approve funding for a cost engineering study to reuse and remodel the current buildings.
Report to the Judicial Council from the Court Facilities Working Group
Courthouse Update: October 30, 2012
On October 25-26, the Judicial Council considered recommendations from its Court Facilities Working Group to indefinitely delay seven new courthouse projects due to state budget cuts.
The recommended delay to the seven projects--in the counties of Kern, Los Angeles, Monterey, Placer, and Plumas--is due to the cumulative and ongoing redirection of construction funding to the state's General Fund and to help fund state trial court operations. The working group is recommending that other new courthouse projects move forward assuming no further redirection of construction funds. Projects slated to move forward will be reviewed by a cost-reduction subcommittee.
The Nevada City Courthouse project is one of the projects recommended to proceed with an estimate of the on-site renovation and expansion project based on the court proposal. Project design would begin when funding is authorized.
Courthouse Update: October 12, 2011
The public has the opportunity to comment on the Courthouse Project. Click here to view the City Manager's Staff Report and information about how to give public comment. Written comments are due by 1pm on October 18, 2011. The City Council will be submitting a letter stating the City's position on priorities for the Courthouse Construction Project. A copy of that letter will be posted here soon.
General Information about Courthouse Project
The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has determined that the current courthouse is "unsafe, substandard, overcrowded, and functionally deficient". The AOC is in the process of deciding whether they should reconstruct the current site or build in a new courthouse at a different location. Following are links to various information about this process and decision.
Letter from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
City Resolution 2010-43
Courthouse Cost Comparisons
Possible locations - maps and floor plans