New Butte County Courthouse to open in March

Jan 7, 2015 2:02 PM by Alex Backus

Chico, Calif -- The new Butte County Courthouse in Chico is now two months away from opening.

Crews continue working on the new Butte County Courthouse, located in southeast Chico off Bruce Road and East 20th Street.

The courthouse will handle civil and North County traffic cases, as well as family and juvenile dependency cases, transferred from the Oroville Courthouse.

The 65 million dollar courthouse is the only project in California that fell under Senate Bill 1407, a bill which funds courthouse projects, in part, from fines and fees.

"This project is not paid for locally by Butte County," Butte Superior Court Executive Officer Kimberly Flener said. "It is not part of our general fund, it comes from those funds specifically dedicated for courthouse construction."

The courthouse broke ground May 2013 and will replace the Chico Courthouse on Oleander Avenue and the closed Paradise Courthouse. The Chico Courthouse is planned to close on Friday, March 20 and will transition to the new facility on Monday, March 23.

The new courthouse is ADA accessible and is able to house inmates pending their court hearings. The courthouse will not be holding criminal cases as of the March opening, but could in the future. The overhang of the building is designed after the Buttes.


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