The fund, set aside to erect or restore 41 courthouses across the state, now has $188 million left, down from nearly $500 million, said Philip Carrizosa, spokesman for the Judicial Council of California's Administrative Office of the Courts.
"We're looking at how we could possibly absorb this (budget cut)," he
"Anything is possible right now."
While the state has said it will give back the money, exactly when that would happen is unknown, Carrizosa
The Judicial Council
, which manages the state court system, is also facing a $350 million cut to the system's operating budget, Carrizosa
The council will meet July 22 to consider a plan for absorbing the loss of funds.
"Until we are told otherwise, we are proceeding on all (courthouse construction) projects," Carrizosa
Individual courts may have to cut hours because of the raid, he
However, council members want to avoid any court closures, he
Locating an SCV courthouse
Meanwhile, the Judicial Council
is considering locations for the new Santa Clarita Valley courthouse, but it does not know when a decision on the location will be reached, Carrizosa
The Judicial Council hopes to hire a construction manager for the new courthouse by early 2012, start bidding for subcontractors by early 2013, and complete the project within three years, Carrizosa
The council hired Santa Monica-based architecture firm Moore Ruble Yudell
to design the courthouse.
"We want to provide the people of Santa Clarita with the best possible courthouse that we can for the least amount of money," Carrizosa