Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center

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Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
The Criminal Justice Center was dedicated as the Criminal Courts Building in 1972.
General information
Location210 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, California, United States
Coordinates34°03′18″N 118°14′36″W / 34.054986°N 118.24346°W / 34.054986; -118.24346Coordinates: 34°03′18″N 118°14′36″W / 34.054986°N 118.24346°W / 34.054986; -118.24346
Construction started1970
OpeningOctober 26, 1972
Cost$33.7 million
Technical details
Floor count20
Floor area850,000 square feet (79,000 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectAdrian Wilson Associates
Structural engineerAdrian Wilson

The Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center (formerly known as the Criminal Courts Building) is the county courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, California, United States. It is located at 210 West Temple Street, between Broadway and Spring Street.

Originally known as the Criminal Courts Building, in 2002 it was renamed the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, after Clara S. Foltz, the first female lawyer on the west coast of the United States (and also the first person to propose the creation of a public defender's office).

The building houses the main offices of the Los Angeles County Public Defender.

Notable Trials[edit]

Security Measures[edit]

High profile trials are held on the Ninth Floor of the building, with a secondary screening area in addition to the main screening at the ground floor level.[3] Furthermore, the Eighth and Tenth floors are inaccessible from the public elevators and stairwells.


  1. ^ Turpin, Dick (1972-08-06). "New Home for Criminal Courts". Los Angeles Times. p. I1. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  2. ^ Zeman, Ray (1972-11-30). "New Courts Building Criticized". Los Angeles Times. p. OC9. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  3. ^ Roger M. Grace (June 7, 2010). "Bugliosi vs. Garcetti: Author Opens Fire on District Attorney". Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Retrieved 17 December 2015. Cite news requires |newspaper= (help)

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