Law Library Remodeled into Two Courtrooms at Larson Justice Center
INDIO – Two brand new courtrooms are now in use for probate, small claims and traffic proceedings at the Larson Justice Center in Indio in the space formerly occupied by the Indio branch of the Riverside County Law Library.
The remodeling project replaced two of the four existing, outdated courtrooms located in the annex across the street from the Larson Justice Center, on Oasis Street. The four courtrooms sit on the site that will be the expanded 1,626-bed East County Detention Center.
“The consolidation of courtrooms at Larson Justice Center eliminates the need for staff and the public to cross Oasis Street to go from one court facility to another for court business,” said Mark A. Cope, Presiding Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Riverside. “We are very pleased with the county’s outstanding planning that has delivered these beautiful courtrooms, improving efficiency from a security, maintenance, operational and administrative standpoint.”
The law library vacated its space on the first floor of the Larson Justice Center and moved last summer to 46-900 Monroe Street, Suite 101. The library will remain in this leased facility until it permanently moves into the County Law Building. The County Law Building, on the southwest corner of Highway 111 and Jackson Street, broke ground today.
The $2.55 million project remodeled an approximately 6,200-square-foot space into two courtrooms, two judicial chambers with private restrooms, one unisex staff restroom and two attorney/client conference rooms. The courtrooms meet current building codes and Administrative Office of the Courts design standards.
The county-funded project was finished with more than $200,000 left in the budget. The courtrooms officially opened for business on Dec. 9, 2013.
“This is the latest improvement completed as part of Riverside County’s multi-phase public safety and infrastructure projects in the city of Indio,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “The planning for expanded detention center beds has created tremendous opportunities to improve our public services, including the courts, in eastern Riverside County.”
The other two courtrooms are slated to be built at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. Construction is expected to start in May 2015.