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The Superior Court of California for San Benito County will host a public ceremony Friday at 3 p.m. to celebrate the official dedication of a new courthouse on Fourth Street between Monterey and West in downtown Hollister.  A tour of the new courthouse, which opened on March 17, will follow the ceremony.

The ceremony will include remarks by Presiding Judge Steven R. Sanders, Congressman Sam Farr, Merced County Superior Court Presiding Judge Brian L. McCabe, who is also a member of the California Judicial
Council, State Sen. Anthony Cannella, Assemblyman Luis Alejo, San Benito County Board of Supervisors Chair Jerry Muenzer, and Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez.

The event celebrates the culmination of more than ten years of planning, design, and construction of a new 41,500 square-foot courthouse for San Benito County. The new, two-story building consolidates virtually all judicial services into a central location that features onsite parking, three courtrooms, a jury assembly room that also functions as a hearing room, nine public counter stations and numerous security enhancements that increase the safety of everyone participating in the judicial process. 

The courthouse is designed for sustainability and is expected to achieve LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Energy-efficient features include a glass-and-steel exterior with a passive solar awning and advanced conservation methods in heating, cooling, lighting, and plumbing. The design for the courthouse, done by San Francisco-based architects SmithGroupJJR, was recognized for excellence by the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Justice.

For more information about the project, visit the California court’s website.

This event is open to the public. People who need accommodations due to a disability, are asked to contact Maria Alfaro at 831-636-4057 ext. 240, at least 48
hours in advance of the event.