|The Glenn County courthouse, in 1894 and today|
The vote of the Glenn County Board of Supervisors to transfer its historic courthouse in Willows concluded a seven-year process launched by the Trial Court Facilities Act of 2002.
“The transfer of the last court facility marks a significant milestone in the Judicial Council’s effort to establish the judiciary as a separate and equal branch of state government,” Chief Justice Ronald George said in a written statement. “This transfer completes a long-standing goal for our state.
A theme of George's 13-year tenure as chief justice has been the centralization of court administration. Under his watch the state's municipal and superior courts have unified, and their funding and now facilities have moved from county to state control.
The facilities transfer has at times been complicated by seismic safety issues. Last year the Legislature authorized $5 billion for courthouse construction and renovation. The Judicial Council has earmarked $32 million of that money for the Glenn County courthouse.
— Scott Graham