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Thursday, June 2, 2011


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Criminal Justice Center Transitions to State Management


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles yesterday transitioned from county management to the state Administrative Office of the Courts, officials said.

This transfer was part of a process set in motion by the Trial Court Facilities Act of 2002, which called for the creation of a single infrastructure program for court

facilities statewide as a final step in the unification of California’s trial courts.

The 1970s steel-and-glass structure on Temple Street building on Temple Street is the 24th court facility in Los Angeles to transition to the AOC as managing party, and the transition of the remaining 14 Los Angeles court buildings are slated to be completed next year, officials said.

At 21-stories and 1,000,020 square feet, the building is the largest court facility in the county. It houses 61 courtrooms and 101 holding cells, as well as the nation’s largest District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office.

Originally known as the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building, the facility was renamed in 2002 to honor Clara Shortridge Foltz, who became the first female lawyer on the West Coast with her admission to the California State Bar in 1878.


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