Ground Broken On Family Justice Center In San Jose

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Officials have broken ground on a new family justice center in San Jose, which will be the second largest ever built in the state.

Among those attending the groundbreaking for the Santa Clara Family Justice Center Courthouse on Tuesday was California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

“It is a family center and it will be a model,” she said. “All of us know that it is in family law and all iterations of family law, and the way we touch families, that is the most proactive work as judges and justices that we do.”

Former Santa Clara County Superior Court President, Judge Richard Loftus, said unlike the present outdated facility, the new $230 million courthouse will have a lot less stressful environment.

“It’s more calming in the sense that people will have a little bit of space, where they can talk in a rational way with each other and also be in an environment that is designed for that very purpose,” he said.

The courthouse, which is being built on the corner of Market and Julian streets in downtown San Jose, is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015.

The eight-story building will house 20 courtrooms. The project was first proposed in 1989.

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