Progress on the new Fort Ord courthouse project

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The Judicial Council of California has decided on a plot of land for what will be Monterey County’s newest courthouse. In April a report from the JCC confirmed that the new courthouse would be built on the former Fort Ord in Seaside, but a specific location was not decided on. The JCC later released a notice for an environmental impact report, which identifies 3.5 acres on Divarty Drive across from Fort Ord’s abandoned barracks. Prior to drafting the report, the JCC will hold a public meeting on Sept. 7 from 5-7 p.m. The new courthouse will replace the existing courthouse on Aguajito Rd. in Monterey, which was built over 50 years ago. It handles civil, domestic violence and harassment, family law and support and probate cases. “Arguably it’s been in the work for the last 20 or almost 20 years. There was a study done in 2003 by the Judicial Council of California that identified the need for a new courthouse to replace the existing Monterey Courthouse,” said Chris Ruhl, the court executive officer for the Monterey County Superior Court.According to Ruhl, the Monterey courthouse is falling apart and seismically vulnerable. “We need to provide an access to justice. We need to provide effective and timely access to justice for the people in this county. And so the courthouse has been an increasingly inadequate facility to do that. It’s too small. There aren’t enough courtrooms,” Ruhl said.The new Fort Ord courthouse will be 83,201 square feet and will have seven courtrooms — two more than the Monterey Courthouse. The new courthouse is anticipated to be the second busiest court facility in Monterey County by consolidating calendars and operations from courthouses in Marina and Salinas.It will handle family law, civil and juvenile dependency cases.

The Judicial Council of California has decided on a plot of land for what will be Monterey County’s newest courthouse.

In April a report from the JCC confirmed that the new courthouse would be built on the former Fort Ord in Seaside, but a specific location was not decided on.

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The JCC later released a notice for an environmental impact report, which identifies 3.5 acres on Divarty Drive across from Fort Ord’s abandoned barracks.

Prior to drafting the report, the JCC will hold a public meeting on Sept. 7 from 5-7 p.m.

The new courthouse will replace the existing courthouse on Aguajito Rd. in Monterey, which was built over 50 years ago. It handles civil, domestic violence and harassment, family law and support and probate cases.

“Arguably it’s been in the work for the last 20 or almost 20 years. There was a study done in 2003 by the Judicial Council of California that identified the need for a new courthouse to replace the existing Monterey Courthouse,” said Chris Ruhl, the court executive officer for the Monterey County Superior Court.

According to Ruhl, the Monterey courthouse is falling apart and seismically vulnerable.

“We need to provide an access to justice. We need to provide effective and timely access to justice for the people in this county. And so the courthouse has been an increasingly inadequate facility to do that. It’s too small. There aren’t enough courtrooms,” Ruhl said.

The new Fort Ord courthouse will be 83,201 square feet and will have seven courtrooms — two more than the Monterey Courthouse.

The new courthouse is anticipated to be the second busiest court facility in Monterey County by consolidating calendars and operations from courthouses in Marina and Salinas.

It will handle family law, civil and juvenile dependency cases.

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