Monterey County Superior Court, New Fort Ord Courthouse Criteria Documents


Judicial Council of California


Seaside, California


July 2028

LEED Status

Designed to achieve LEED Silver


83,000 Square Feet


$154.3 Million

The Judicial Council of California (JCC) has contracted with Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture to prepare site acquisition and performance criteria documents for the New Fort Ord Courthouse. Identified as an “immediate need” by the JCC, the new courthouse will consolidate most family law, probate, and civil operations and replace three existing non-state-owned facilities. The site acquisition phase is the first step in developing the criteria document for the project and will provide information and recommendations for the evaluation of the prospective sites, with the associated documentation for each.

The New Fort Ord Courthouse will be located on a JCC-owned site in the City of Seaside. The courthouse will include seven multi-purpose courtrooms, chambers, and administrative support area. The primary programmatic elements include holding, jury assembly, alternative dispute resolution, family law and self-help services.

The project includes secured parking for judicial officers and approximately 280 surface parking spaces – a portion with solar power generation capability – and will be designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.



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