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Oct 26

1966 Paso Robles Courthouse to open

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court5098.jpgJanuary 8, 1966
Courthouses cost more than they used to.
About 40 years ago a new north county courthouse cost $52,000. The newly dedicated (October 24, 2008) Superior Court of California building in Paso Robles on Park Street cost $12.5 million. In fairness the new courthouse is much bigger, higher tech and lot has changed over the years.
For one thing the security features have been upgraded. Stacks of law books behind the bench served for years as a bullet resistant barrier.

According to the 1966 article, the facility on 10th street about to open was a first for Paso Robles.
Originally the city of Paso Robles and the courts shared facilities. City court was held in the city council chambers in the Taylor building and justice court was in the wing of the civic auditorium. The two courts were consolidated in 1952 into a district justice court, that later moved into the Veterans Memorial building. Justice of the peace courts from Shandon and San Miguel consolidated to Paso Robles in 1958.
1-12-66-paso-courthouse.jpg The land for the 10th street courtroom was part of the original Hot Springs Hotel destroyed by fire in 1940.
Judge Dean McNutt was quoted:

“We are proud of the new courthouse and would like others to see it. The building is well designed for the various functions of the court. The furnishings and appointments will help engender respect for the law and add dignity to the proceedings.”

I just hope the jury box seats are comfortable. Every designer should be sentenced a week of jury duty so they can get this key component of the justice system right.

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