In late summer 2011, the new county courthouse project was complete. The building is located at at 100 Thompsons Way, at the intersection of Highway 203 and Sierra Park Road in Mammoth Lakes.
On Sept 23, the Mono County Superior Court held a ribbon cutting ceremony open to the public.
The grand opening celebrated completion of five years of planning, design, and construction for the new two-courtroom, 20,000-square-foot courthouse.
The new courthouse provides more space, two full courtrooms, a hearing room, and additional counters to serve the public, enabling the court to improve access and services.
The project was completed under budget and on schedule. Construction began in April 2010 and was completed in August 2011.
The courthouse occupies 1.8 acres in an area planned as a future government center in Mammoth Lakes.
Interim Administrative Director of the Courts, Ron Overholt, welcomed the community to the event and spoke on behalf of the Administrative Office of the Courts. (Pictured right: CEO Hector Gonzales and Presiding Judge Stanley L. Eller.)
The old Mono County Jail is an interesting small stone building built in 1883 from local stone. It operated as the county jail until 1964.
The original Mono County Court House. This impressive building remains a classic example of the artisans of yesterday.
Bridgeport's historic courthouse is another historic treasure in Mono County. It was completed in 1881 and is still in use today.
Mono County's Bridgeport courthouse is located on the north side of State Highway 395. The courtroom here is in use 2 days a week, mostly for criminal arraignments.
An hour south of Bridgeport a new courthouse is under construction in the Mammoth Lakes area.
Court operations for the southern part of the county currently take place in a leased space, just over 7,300 square feet for two judges and 10 staff.
Residents of the area participated in a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, May 14
The Mono County Sheriffs Department Honor Guard ceremonial presentation.
The ground-breaking event featured a reception and remarks by Presiding Judge Stanley L. Eller of the Superior Court of Mono County
Director Lee Willoughby, Office of Court Construction and Management, Administrative Office of the Courts, which is managing the project.
A new courthouse will offer 20,000 square feet of space and will become the permanent home for the court’s South County Branch, replacing inadequate leased space in a Mammoth Lakes shopping center.
Architect's rendering of the new courthouse.
In May 2010, court executive officer Hector Gonzalez welcomes the community to the groundbreaking ceremony.
By summer, construction is well underway.
The new courthouse will provide improved space for current services, space for new judicial services, and improved security and access to court services.
The courthouse construction project team reviews progress made at the site.
The project is scheduled for completion in the Fall of 2011.