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North Auburn arraignment court closed

New Roseville courtroom replaces Department 13
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Since the Placer County Jail opened in North Auburn in 1985, Placer County’s busiest criminal courtroom adjoining it has been a hub of activity.

Department 13, with its 1980s oak wood trim and steady flow of inmates in bright orange jail togs, has been the place where arraignments have been held — bringing dozens daily into the Placer County court system.

Starting Monday, Department 13 is closed and its 4,320 square-foot space turned back to Placer County by the State Judicial Council.

Arraignments are now being held in the newly established Department 20 courtroom in Roseville at the Bill Santucci Justice Center.

Jake Chatters, court executive officer, said that in the last annual count, 29,181 hearings were conducted in Department 13 during the 2017-18 fiscal year.

The new courtroom, co-located with the South Placer Adult correctional Facility, is considered a fully secure facility, he said.

Presiding Judge Alan Pineschi said the new courtroom is an “accessible and appropriate setting” for legal business.

“Whether you are here as someone who has been charged with a crime or as a victim or victim’s relative, legal proceedings need to be done in a dignified, safe and efficient manner,” Pineschi said. “Our new Department 20 will provide for that.”

Legal matters will continue to be heard at the Placer County Courthouse in Old Town Auburn, Chatters said.

And juvenile arraignments will still be at the courtroom inside the Juvenile Detention Center off Richardson Drive, adjacent to the Placer County Jail, he said.