FILMING INCALIFORNIA STATE COURTHOUSES

The California Film Commissiondoes notissue film permits for the California Court system. The state's judicial branch is responsible for management of courthouses and other judicial facilities in California and administers a program for the licensing of civic and other uses of courthouses, including film, TV, commercial and digitalproduction.

This guide will assist filmmakers seeking information on how to approach the Judicial Council of California via a local Court Administrator when inquiring about the use of Superior Courts in all 58 counties throughout the state. Special expedited provisions and contacts for filming in Los Angeles Superior Courts is also explained.

Application: Requests to(film) in an open or closed courthouse or on courthouse property are made by application.

The completed application must include:

  • Title and subject matter of the film project
  • Description of scenes to be shot

  • Proposed areas to shoot interior and exterior scenes, such as, courtrooms, lobby, courthouse steps, etc.

  • Dates and times for each day of production

  • Use of Special equipment or props

  • Facilities services required, e.g., minimum electrical requirements, additional air conditioning, etc.

Applications must be submitted to the local court administrator no less than thirty (30) business days prior to filming.*

In addition, Proof of Insurance must be submitted before the application can be approved.

*Please note that although the application indicates processing time can take up to 30 days, the CFC has been told by local Judicial Council staff that when submitting a permit application forone of the (working) Los Angeles Superior Courts (LASC), staff will now make every effort to process applications in no more than 10 business days.

An initial estimate of fees will be provided during the application review process. These fees may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Links to all Appellate and Superior Court Websites in California:www.courts.ca.gov/find-my-court.htm

For information on where to submit your application, click here.

Use of courtrooms and other areas within courthouse facilities are subject to availability.

To view various local county Superior Court facilities throughout California displayed in CinemaScout, theCFC online film location library, click here.

LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT(LASC) LOCATIONS

Working Courthouses

Please note that only the exteriors of L.A. Superior Courthouses may be filmed, and only during non-business hours.

For film, TV, commercial or digital production at a Los Angeles County courthouse involving exterior shooting only, submit application to:

Rosa Hildago

Facilities Services Assistant

Facilities Services & Capital Projects

Los Angeles Superior Court (LASC)

213.974.6264 / 213.893.7726

RHidalgo@LASuperiorCourt.org

Filming is not permitted at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center located at 210 West Temple Avenue, in downtown Los Angeles, except for weekend exterior film requests when a camera position is necessary.

For active Los Angeles Superior Court (LASC) facilities displayed in CinemaScout, click here.

CLOSED COURTHOUSES - LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT (LASC)

Filming is now allowed atseveralclosed courthouses.

To view photos of the Long Beach, Whittier and West Los Angeles Superior Courthouses and courtrooms displayed in CinemaScout,click here.

For information on closed LASC courthouses contact:

Theresa Dunn, Senior Estate Analyst

Office of Real Estate and Facilities Management

Judicial and Court Admin Services Division

Judicial Council of California - Administrative Offices of the Courts

818.558.1245 Phone / 818.558.3114 Fax

Theresa.Dunn@jud.ca.gov

Depending on the closed courthouse requested, the production crew may be responsible for removing and storing file boxes and documentation left behind that the court has not yet been able to remove.


OTHER COURT FACILITY OPTIONSPERMITTED BYFILML.A.

To inquire about filming at court locations in Los Angeles County permitted by FilmL.A., Inc., the Los Angeles Film Office, visit www.filmla.com and call to speak with a Production Planning team member at 213.977.8600.

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

San Pedro City HallMunicipal Building - ClosedJail and Courtrooms

LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT(LAUSD) MOCK TRIAL COURTROOMS

Dorsey High School

James Monroe High School

Contact:

LAUSD Property Management, FilmL.A., Inc.

213.977.8600 x 618

schools@filmlainc.com

http://www.filmla.com/areas.php?area=la_unified_school_district

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

Thank you for your interest in shooting on location at a California courthouse.