A bond issue to finance a $130-million to $150-million criminal courts building should be put before Orange County voters as soon as next year, Orange County Superior Court judges and county administrators say.
A public vote on the proposed new courthouse is the centerpiece of a plan to meet Superior Court space needs. The plan, jointly recommended by judges, County Administrative Officer Larry Parrish and the county General Services Agency, was outlined in a letter last week to the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
The unified position was in sharp contrast to the verbal jousting last month between Parrish and Presiding Superior Court Judge Harmon G. Scoville over how critical courtroom shortages now are.
The letter also recommended moving the public defender's office out of the main courthouse in downtown Santa Ana and into leased space at unspecified locations.