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Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center

Courthouse and Government Building
Civic Center, Los Angeles
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  • Justin M.
    "Jurors report to the 11th floor!"(6 Tips)
    Rosa A.
    "And the stairs are No Joke when your headed up 13 floors"(7 Tips)
    Henry W.
    "Use the 12th floor elevator and walk down to the 11th floor."(4 Tips)
    Mike H.
    "Try the Spring Street Smokehouse for lunch!"(2 Tips)
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  • Cory P.
    Cory PMarch 22, 2013
    Take the advice of another tipster - try Spring Street Smokehouse! Take Spring street over the 101, jog right a bit...nice beak from downtown crowds, think small Joes Crab Shack, but BBQ...10 min walk
  • Shannon J.
    Shannon JacksonJanuary 7, 2015
    Free wifi.if you have a power hungry device then bring your charger. My ipod came in handy. Keep music low enough to where you can hear your name being called. Bring snacks but try not to eat them all
  • Betty R.
    Betty RubeApril 14, 2014
    Take the online orientation so your report time is 9:30. Lots of lunch options a short walk away at Grand Central Market. Take the stairs to 2nd floor and catch an elevator down to jump the line ;)
  • Helen L.
    Helen LeungMay 14, 2013
    Park at the Disney concert hall. Cut thru the park to get to the courthouse, that will save you about 7 mins walk. Take the stairs if you can handle it. Oh and no glass bottles in the courthouse.
  • Ken K.
    Ken KlarAugust 7, 2013
    Parking at the Disney Music Hall is awesome, but makes for a 10-15 min walk to the courthouse. You can cut though the park on the way which will save a little time.
  • Armando V.
    Armando VillaDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If u have a laptop or iPad, get here early so u can be in front of the line as u walk into the holding room. Make sure to sit next to a outlet, u will kill you better before the day ends if u don't.
  • Keenon
    KeenonOctober 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Give yourself extra time to pass through security, and wait for the elevators. It takes a while. If you're waiting for jury selection, bring a conputer or your phone charger. It's a long wait!
  • Cat L.
    Cat LefebvreAugust 29
    Starting April 2017, jurors report to the first floor at 7:45am. Lunch is now only an hour and a half. Wi-Fi is free though the computer terminals fill up fast.
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites H.
    Known as the Criminal Courts Building and built in 1970 at a cost of $33.7 million. With 850,000 square feet. Notable trials, O.J Simpson, Trial of Conrad Murray for Death of Michael Jackson
  • Josh B.
    Josh BriggsJanuary 11, 2012
    Parking is a solid 15 min walk from the courthouse. Elevator takes about 5 min, unless you're a person who cuts in line. So be prepared. But also don't sweat being up to 30 min late.
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites H.
    Look around the elevators and find the exit doors, Waite till someone walks out and take the stairs up! Same when going down! You get a smart workout! And keeps you awake in this boring space.
  • Phillip C.
    Phillip CheungNovember 25, 2013
    It'll be a long day and outlets are scarce. Bring an extension cord and your chargers.
  • Edωïи
    EdωïиSeptember 22, 2014
    Can't complain, hella fast WiFi. SSID: lacguest
  • Armando V.
    Armando VillaDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Park at the Disney music hall and take the B-dash bus for 50 cents. Take 3 mins, better then 15-20 minute walk.
  • Laura Jane R.
    Laura Jane RolandDecember 10, 2010
    If you're here for jury duty on the 11th floor everyone will be crowding the elevators for floors 1-11. Instead, take the elevators for fl 12-19. Go to 12 and walk down the stairs to save time.
  • Jen Pollack B.
    Jen Pollack BiancoApril 19, 2012
    Wifi is free but the jurors room blocks social media sites on the computer. Use your smartphone instead. And thank you for being a good citizen!
  • LA County Arts Commission
    Go into the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center to view the artwork. Glass panels, tapestries, and outdoor benches comprise the memorial.
  • Rosa A.
    Rosa AlemanApril 26, 2012
    Never knew you could wait so long on the 1st Floor just to catch an Elevator. And the stairs are No Joke when your headed up 13 floors
  • J.D.
    J.D.February 22, 2011
    Security and elevators are a nightmare before 9:30a. Plan on 15-20 mins AFTER the 10 min walk from Disney Concert Hall #juryduty
  • Grumpz O.
    Grumpz OrozcoFebruary 22, 2012
    Becareful! Stay calm people will push there way t though to the elevators. If your hot headed. Count to 10
  • Keith C.
    Keith ChuJanuary 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring some magazines, laptop and snacks. I would try to do the jury orientation online so you don't have waste 2 hrs of your time and wake up so early.
  • Carrie Y.
    Carrie YutzyJune 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Take the stairs if you can. Riding the elevator here is like hand-to-hand combat.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChuangJune 3, 2013
    Def complete the orientation online and report at 9:30am instead of 7am.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FriedmanOctober 19, 2011
    It's always better to go if you have to go late, rather than have a bench warrant!
  • Henry W.
    Henry WongJanuary 25, 2012
    Use the 12th floor elevator and walk down to the 11th floor.
  • Juan L.
    Juan LozanoMay 21, 2014
    Grab a single study booth by the vending machines. More privacy
  • Becca
    BeccaMarch 5, 2013
    Slowest, most crowded elevators ever, plan on spending 20 mins waiting (or take the stairs.) At least there's free public WiFi!
  • Jeremy H.
    Jeremy HermannsSeptember 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there early, the elevators are a nightmare...I'd allow for 10minutes to pass through security + elevators (minimum)
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromSeptember 6, 2012
    Admire the framed 1791 Constitution Flag in the Juror Assembly room, 253. Then thank your fellow citizens for their service.
  • Mulholland Books
    Mulholland BooksMarch 25, 2013
    Home away from home for DA Rachel Knight, the protagonist in Marcia Clark's thrillers.
  • Colleen C.
    Colleen CSeptember 30, 2014
    I asked the guard today 9/30/14 and he said jurors are not allowed to use the employee entrance.
  • lostinpillows
    lostinpillowsMarch 20, 2013
    small room is clutch. plugs to set up shop or nap :]
  • Mike H.
    Mike HumphreyFebruary 19, 2013
    Try the Spring Street Smokehouse for lunch!
  • Allison
    AllisonMay 12, 2014
    Online orientation doesn't guarantee you a later check-in time.
  • Roni L.
    Roni LeicamMarch 16, 2015
    break outdoors 😆 #jurybreak #mydayinla #outdoors
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SternSeptember 21, 2012
    Bring a sweater. You could hang meat in these courtrooms!!
  • Paul Andrew D.
    Paul Andrew DunkerJanuary 31, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    No ceramic cups, so if you have a travel mug, make sure it's plastic.
  • Laurie W.
    Laurie WinkelmannSeptember 21, 2012
    Watch out in L.A., they actually think adults can be guilty of fare evasion!! What am I, 3?!?! I want to be reimbursed for 2 trips of wasting my time. Ugggggh!!!
  • Laura S.
    Laura SFebruary 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Jurors don't have to stand on that long security line. Use the door for employee entrance. The people working there may not tell you.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MatherJuly 8, 2016
    Jurors report to the 11th floor!
  • David R.
    David RamirezAugust 9, 2014
    Great place to nap.
  • Tobin B.
    Tobin BaileyDecember 2, 2010
    There are no floors 4 or 14....but there is a 13.
  • Joey O.
    Joey OhNovember 1, 2010
    Give yourself time after lunch to get back. The security and elevator takes forever. And the judge isn't happy if you're late.
  • Jhonny C.
    Jhonny CrespoFebruary 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Only 2 elevators work for floors 1-11 so be ready.
  • Mud K.
    Mud KillerAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    There's another security checkpoint on the 9th floor.
  • Jimmy A.
    Jimmy AbarcaAugust 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    9th floor is where the murder trials are held
  • Laura Jane R.
    Laura Jane RolandDecember 10, 2010
    Also, bring a good book. Or two.
  • Kristen B.
    Kristen BezarkMay 17, 2012
    There is indeed free Wifi here. Thank god.
  • Juan C. P.
    Juan C. PinedaAugust 10, 2012
    Food is unappetizing.
  • Armando C.
    Armando CeronMay 21, 2010
    Bring your laptop, there's free wifi here. :-)
  • Wendy N.
    Wendy NJune 1, 2011
    Bring your phone charger. Killing time killed my battery.
  • Joey O.
    Joey OhNovember 1, 2010
    Bring snacks because snacks here are really expensive. Just don't drink too much water cause they don't let you leave no matter how bad you need to pee.
  • Noah N.
    Noah NelsonJuly 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the veal, it's exquisite.
  • Bitsy V.
    Bitsy VonTrappAugust 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    ... where hopes and dreams go to die.
  • Tumara G.
    Tumara GrijalvaJuly 6, 2011
    The snack shops are lame.
  • Steven C.
    Steven ChenJuly 24, 2012
    Slow and crowded elevators. Everyone so serious. No bueno.
  • Amy
    AmyApril 20, 2012
    free wifi sucks even Espn.com is blocked. wtf?!? thank god for my iPhone. counter guy is nice & funny though
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KornerMay 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Floor 11: fellony trial jury pool. Floor 5: misdemeanors. Good luck.
  • Geoffrey S.
    Geoffrey SchumannSeptember 14, 2011
    No vending machines on the 11th floor, not even coffee :(
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