Court Facilities

Although state property, the CFC does not issue permits for the court system. The state’s Judicial Branch is responsible for the management of courthouses in California, and administers a program for the efficient licensing of civic and other uses of courthouses, including film, TV, commercial and digital production.

INCLUDES PERMITTING PROTOCOL TO ALL 58 LOCAL COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT DISTRICTS STATEWIDE – INCLUDING LOS ANGELES

The Los Angeles Superior Court (LASC) allows exterior filming around working courthouses during non-business hours only as long as the court seal, court staff, jurors, litigants and judicial officers are not photographed. Interior filming is not allowed at any working LASC facility. Check with the contacts listed below for more information on locations, access and fees. Information on filming in closed courthouse facilities follows as well.

NOTE: The California Film Commission does not issue film permits for the California Superior Court system.

LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURTS – L.A. COUNTY

Working Courthouses
If you are interested in filming around the exterior of an L.A. Superior Courthouse during non-business hours, you may contact:

Los Angeles Superior Court
Facilities Services & Capital Projects
111 N. Hill Street, Room 623
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213.633.1055
Fax: 213.680.4302
Henry Hernandez, Deputy Director
Ruth Vargas, Court Services Assistant
213.633.1045

APPLICATIONS – WORKING AND CLOSED COURTHOUSES – STATEWIDE

To obtain permission to film at specific courthouses statewide, find Court Administrator contacts. If consideration of the filming request is given by the local Court Administrator, the application is forwarded to the Judicial Council office in Sacramento for review and transmittal to the San Francisco office for final approval.

For filming requests for Superior Courts in all 58 counties, submit a Judicial Council of California application.
Applications must be submitted to the local Court Administrator no less than 30 business days prior to filming along with proof of insurance.

An estimate of fees will be provided during the application review process. These fees will be established on a per project, case-by-case basis.

Search Superior Court websites by city or zip code.

Find  Superior Court websites listed alphabetically by County.

Filming requests for Appellate Courtrooms located within state office buildings will not be considered. This includes the court facility in the downtown Los Angeles Ronald Reagan State Building.

Filming is welcome at the 3rd District Appellate Court in Sacramento.
Permit requests for this property are submitted to the CFC.

County Court Administrator contacts for where to submit your application.

Find Superior Court facilities throughout California displayed in CinemaScout, the CFC online film location library.

For further clarification on filming any Superior Courthouse exterior statewide, contact:

Mary Bustamante, Manager
Real Estate Facilities Services | Administrative Division
Judicial Council of California
2860 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: 916.263.7999
California Judicial Branch

Historic Courthouses – County Superior Court Districts

Certain courthouses throughout California are designated historic landmarks. Selected locations include: Alameda, Alpine, Susanville / Lassen, Mariposa, Modoc, Mono, Quincy / Plumas, Riverside, San Rafael / Marin, Santa Barbara, Tuolumne / Sonora, Tehama, Trinity, and Woodland / Yolo. These court facilities are approved for filming and permitted by local county Superior Court staff, not the Judicial Council offices in Burbank and San Francisco.

Court Administrator Contacts

Search Superior Court websites by city or zip code.

Find  Superior Court websites listed alphabetically by County.

Closed Los Angeles Superior Courthouse Facilities and Parking Lots Now Administered by the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office (CEO)

Currently, filming activity may be considered at the closed Malibu, San Pedro, and West Los Angeles courthouses recently sold by the Judicial Council of California (JCC).

Please direct filming inquiries to:

Roger Hernandez, Senior Property Agent
Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office
Chief Executive Real Estate Division
320 W. Temple St., 7th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213.974.4208
Phone: 213.974.4300

Michael Rodriguez, Section Chief – Real Estate Operations
Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office – CEO
213.974.4246
213.974.4300
Visit the CEO LA County website, here

If permission for filming is granted, use this permit application.

Additional Court Facility Options – Locations Permitted by FilmLA

To inquire about filming at closed court locations in Los Angeles County permitted by FilmLA, the Los Angeles Film Office, visit FilmLA or call 213.977.8600 to speak with a Production Planning team member.

Lynwood Superior Court – Closed Divisions 14, 15 an 16 – adjacent to the Century Regional Detention Facility – CRDF

San Pedro City Hall Municipal Building – Closed Jail and Courtrooms

 

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) – Mock Trial Courtrooms

Contact:
LAUSD Property Management, FilmLA
213.977.8600 x 618

 

Ask about additional schools with courtrooms. Locations may or may not be permitted by FilmLA.
Constitutional Rights Foundation – Los Angeles County
Participating Schools – Staff Contacts
County Coordinators
Courtroom to Classroom
Teen Courts

 

Beyond the 30-Mile Studio Zone – Orange County

Old Orange County Courthouse
Santa Ana – Historic Museum

Permits for this location are submitted to Orange County Parks.

Sacramento

3rd District Appellate Court in Sacramento

Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building
California Supreme Court and Law Library

Permit requests for this property are submitted to the CFC.

CinemaScout also displays court facility matches and decommissioned courts now held by private sector entities. Start by typing the word Courts in the category field and search by proximity.

California Film Commission
7080 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 900
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tel: 323.860.2960 | 800.858.4749
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