The San Benito County Court is located in downtown Hollister and shares space with other county service agencies.
The county's growth in recent decades has made the current court space inadequate. A new courthouse is planned on a three-acre lot nearby.
On Feb. 28, 2011, the court, with local and state partners, welcomed the community to celebrate with a groundbreaking ceremony.
Superior Court of San Benito County Presiding Judge Harry Tobias welcomed the community to preview plans for their new courthouse.
California's new judicial branch leader, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, spoke to the community about the project and the role of court facilities in the delivery of access to justice (Judge Steven Sanders, pictured right).
“I think this is a tremendous example of when local leaders, community leaders, the bench and the state branch come together to really affect a community and the people in the community, not only today, but in 50, to 75, 80 years from now.”
Administrative Director of the Courts Bill Vickrey introduces to the audience the role of the Administrative Office of the Courts.
The new courthouse will be built on a three-acre lot about a block away from the current courthouse.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, AOC Regional Area Director for northern/central California Christine Patton, and Administrative Director of the Courts Bill Vickrey.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, San Benito Presiding Judge Harry Tobias, and the AOC's regional director of northern/central California Christine Patton at the groundbreaking ceremony.
The 41,500 square-foot courthouse will replace the old, outdated and undersized facility that was constructed almost 50 years ago.
Rendering of the new courthouse, designed by the architecture firm of Smithgroup.
The new building will have three courtrooms and a jury assembly room that can also function as a hearing room.
An artist's watercolor rendering of what the new courthouse will look like once finished.