New Chico Courthouse to open March 23

Feb 26, 2015 5:15 PM by News Staff

The new Butte County Courthouse in Chico is less than a month away from opening.

The new courthouse, located in southeast Chico off Bruce Road and East 20th Street, will handle civil and north county traffic cases. Family and juvenile dependency cases will also be transferred over from Oroville.

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

A dedication ceremony will be held on March 19 at 11:15 a.m.

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