CYPRESS PARK — The county’s Mental Health Courthouse, located on a stretch of auto repair shops and industrial buildings, has been shut down because of structural problems, with the presiding judge telling CBS2 that the facility is “thoroughly inadequate” and the “the worst courthouse in the state.”
The county Superior Court said the facility, which handles competency hearings and cases involving mental health legal issues, is closed until further notice beginning today, Nov. 3. The closure was ordered after problems were found with the roof of the building on San Fernando Road near Alice Street. Cases are being moved Downtown to the Metropolitan Courthouse.
If it were up to Carolyn Kuhl, who serves as the presiding judge of L.A. County Superior Courts, the Mental Health court would not be returning to its hold home. “We are not going to move back into that facility,” Kuhl said. Officials are looking at other potential sites.
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