Merced County officials broke ground last week on a new multimillion-dollar courthouse in Los Banos.
The project is expected to cost more than $32.5 million, and is funded through trial court user fees approved by Senate Bill 1407, according to superior court officials.
It will replace the current obsolete and overcrowded Los Banos facility.
The new, roughly 29,000-square-foot, two-courtroom courthouse is part of the so-called Gateway Center, which will also host county and city government buildings, officials said.
Authorities expect to complete the project in the fall of 2016.
The new facility will expand court services for west county residents and will include criminal, civil, family, traffic, small claims, juvenile and probate proceedings, officials said.
For more information, visit the California Courts website at www.courts.ca.gov/facilities-merced-losbanos.htm.