Orange County Juvenile Justice Center or Lamoreaux Courthouse Information – including what you need to know if you have to go to Court in The City of Orange.
The OC Courthouse in The City of Orange was built in 1992. It is named after Betty Lou Lamoreaux, the first woman appointed to the Orange County Superior Court, in 1976, and the Juvenile Court presiding judge from 1985 to 1988.
The building contains 15 juvenile justice courtrooms, 13 family law and probate courtrooms, a 60-bed intake and reception center for young offenders, and two parking structures. Its average daily pedestrian traffic is 3,400 persons entering and existing the entrance to the courthouse.
The Court in Orange handles only family law cases, and juvenile and probate or conservatorship matters. It handles juvenile (under 18) cases from anywhere in the County of Orange.
This court does not have exterior traffic windows, unlike other courthouses in Orange County. Everyone has to wait in the security check line.
Your Court Appearance in the Lamoreaux Justice Center Courthouse.
If you have been arrested for DUI and are appearing at the Lamorequx Justice Center, you will typically be given a court date on a document, for your arraignment.
Your arraignment will be in one of the Juvenile courtrooms in the building. You must check in on the first floor, as all juvenile proceedings are confidential, and will then be directed to what floor, and what courtroom, you will need to go to.
After your arraignment, your case proceeds to pretrial.
Misdemeanor pretrials are heard in the confidential juvenile courtrooms of the Lamoreaux Courthouse.
If you have a case that has already been set for a trial at a previous date by a judge, then misdemeanor trials can be assigned to any courtroom in the courthouse. You do not have a right to a jury trial with juvenile DUI cases.
Persons Held in Juvenile Hall for their Court Date in Orange: If you are in court for a case where someone is in custody, they are usually held in the Juvenile Hall for Orange County, under the custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and brought up to court when ready, as needed by the court.
Only the lawyers and attorneys that are a member of the California Bar Association and members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department are allowed to visit persons in custody in the courthouse, or in Juvenile Hall next door to the courthouse.
Orange County Lamoreaux Justice Center City of Orange Courthouse
The address to the courthouse is as follows:
LAMOREAUX JUSTICE CENTER
341 THE CITY DRIVE SOUTH
ORANGE, CA 92868-3205
Lamoreaux Courthouse Parking is available for a fee per hour, and parking is available across the street from the courthouse at the Outlet Shops of Orange, or anywhere on the streets as allowed near the courthouse.
The list of telephone numbers for the courthouse is available here: http://www.occourts.org/locations/general-phone.html
The Orange County District Attorney has an office on the second floor inside the courthouse building. Phone number is (714) 896-7261.
The Orange County Public Defender’s Office is in a separate building nearby. (714) 896-7281
There is a Victim’s and Witnesses Office in the Westminster Courthouse also, which can help victims or those testifying, with questions and support. Phone: (714) 896-7188, Witness Coordination:(714) 934-4634
The Westminster Courthouse has received a Seismic Rating Level V, mainly because of its construction of a penthouse and it’s plaster ceilings.
If you need to speak with a lawyer that has years of experience in the Orange County Westminster Courthouse, contact our firm or call us at (877) 942-3090.