GLENDALE -- Building a new Glendale courthouse was among the
suggestions in a recent meeting between Los Angeles Superior Court and
It would be years away, but officials hope if a courthouse is built
here, it would end the need to transfer criminal cases from Glendale to
“We’re trying to see if the facility can be upgraded, modified or, I
suspect, even replaced,” said Judge Mary Thornton House, the area’s
The possibility of a new courthouse to replace the one at 600 E.
Broadway is tantalizing to Glendale officials, who want a facility that
can house criminal and civil cases.
As it stands, felony criminal cases from Glendale and Burbank are
heard in Pasadena.
In the Jan. 2 meeting, talks included a possible study to determine if
a new courthouse should be built, Glendale City Manager Jim Starbird
“We’re identifying short-term and long-term needs and we’re at the
very beginning stages of trying to understand those things,” Starbird
In the meantime, the short-term goals have Glendale and Burbank
A plan to move criminal cases from Glendale to Burbank and civil cases
from Burbank to Glendale is still pending.
“That’s unacceptable,” Burbank Mayor Bob Kramer said, concerned that
released detainees will create a criminal element on Burbank streets.
Glendale officials fear their cases heard in Burbank will strain Glendale
resources, like officers who would have to travel between the cities.
A state report last year called the Glendale courthouse -- which was
built in the 1950s -- “deficient,” prompting the plan to transfer cases
to Burbank. Glendale’s juror accommodations are inadequate and its lockup
facilities are obsolete, officials said.
House’s goal is for each city to have neighborhood courts, where
defendants from one city don’t have to travel to another city for trial.
“If Glendale steps up to bat and builds a new courthouse and a more
secure facility, that would solve the problem,” he said.