The Los Angeles Superior Court does not allow filming in working courthouses, although filming is allowed around the exteriors of working courthouses during non-business hours (as long as the court seal, court staff, jurors, litigants and judicial officers are not photographed). For interior courtroom filming, the Court is granting access to a limited number of closed court facilities. Check with the contacts listed below for more information on locations, access and fees.

NOTE: 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 efficient licensing of civic and other uses of courthouses, including film, TV, commercial and digitalproduction.


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

Henry Hernandez, Director
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


Lucilia Thielen, Facilities Administrator
Los Angeles Superior Court
Facilities Services & Capital Projects
Phone: 213.633.1051
Fax: 213.680.4302

Closed Courthouses
Interior and exterior filming is allowed at a handful of closed courthouses. Photos of the Long Beach, Whittier and West Los Angeles courthouses and courtrooms can be found on CinemaScout:Click here. Be aware however, that the availability of specific facilities may change as some courthouses are being sold or repurposed. Currently, the West Los Angeles courthouse is a good bet and offers plenty of parking.

For more information on filming at closed courthouses and a full list of available facilities, contact:

Joanne Williamson
Senior Real Estate Analyst
Office of Real Estate and Facilities Management
Judicial and Court Administrative Services Division
Judicial Council of California - Administrative Office of the Courts
Phone: 818.558.3116

Please note that depending on the courthouse you wish to film, your production may be responsible for removing and storing file boxes and documentation left behind (that the court has not yet been able to remove).

APPLICATIONS (for both working and closed courthouses): Requests to license film, TV, commercial or digital production in a 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 area(s) you wish to film, such as courtroom, judge's chamber, courthouse steps, etc.
  • Dates and times for each day of production (including prep and strike days)
  • Use of special equipment or props
  • Facilities services needed, such as additional air conditioning, special electrical requirements, etc.

This application may be used for Superior Courts in all 58 counties throughout the state.

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.

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

Links to all Appellate and Superior Court Websites in

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

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


To inquire about filming at court locations in Los Angeles County permitted by FilmL.A., Inc., the Los Angeles Film Office, visit 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


Dorsey High School

James Monroe High School


LAUSD Property Management, FilmL.A., Inc.

213.977.8600 x 618


Old Orange County Courthouse - Santa Ana

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