"The Superior Court of the State of California. In and for the County of Los Angeles. Department fourty-three" (pg 52)
The criminal court is central to the plot of play. This is not only a court room, but serves as the place where Della recounts what happened at Sleepy Lagoon. Della's story is acted out in the middle of the courtroom with El Pachuco miming the murder. This remembrance of the event is the only time we visit Sleepy Lagoon, the construction of the crime is not concrete, it relies on the courtroom to exist.