The Superior Court of California, County of Yolo consists of seven separate facilities. These facilities poorly serve the growing needs of the county's residents, and the lack of consolidated facilities exacerbates the functional problems of the court facilities. The main courthouse is the historic Woodland Courthouse, constructed in 1917 as a shared court and county facility and now on the National Register of Historic Places. The county vacated the building in 1985 except for the district attorney's office-which remained in the building until 1993.
The historic courthouse has been renovated as the court has grown and now houses eight marginal courtrooms. This facility has significant security problems, severe accessibility deficiencies, is very overcrowded, and has many physical problems, preventing the court from providing safe and efficient services to the public. To meet current space needs, the court operates five other facilities, many with courtrooms, spread throughout the downtown Woodland area.
The proposed new 14 courtroom facility, of approximately 160,000 square feet, will include space for all court functions. The County will retain title to the historic courthouse and occupy the building once the court vacates the space