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New San Joaquin County Courthouse Opens


San Joaquin County is set to open the doors to its new courthouse on Monday. The courthouse is the tallest building in Stockton and the county.

The San Joaquin County Courthouse rises 13 stories in the center of downtown Stockton.

With 282,000 square feet of space, the courthouse can accommodate 30 courtrooms and replaces the old courthouse built over 50 years ago.

Superior Court Judge Robin Appel gave us a guided tour of what the public will find.

"People will be able to pay their traffic tickets without having to go through weapons screening," says Appel. 

Appel says security is the biggest concern and criminal defendants in manacles will no longer walk down the same halls as the public. 

"And everyone should feel safer. We’re taking every possible measure to keep the staff, the judges, and the public as safe as they can be," Appel says. "This building is a million times better in terms of security."

The courthouse completion comes about seven months late because of construction problems and the cost will likely be over $300 million.

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Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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