Images of the ACT Supreme Court Building

The ACT Supreme Court is housed in the Law Courts Building situated on the western side of City Hill, Canberra. Entry to the building is from London Circuit.

The initial Law Courts Building was opened on the 8th of May 1963 by the Prime Minister of the time, Sir Robert Menzies.

Raised view of the ACT Supreme Court Building
ACT Supreme Court in 1963
atrium cross - 1963Front Facade of the ACT Supreme Court Building
front entrance - 1963interior courtroom - 1965

Initially built so as to accommodate both the Supreme and Magistrates courts by 1996 only the Supreme Court was left, the Magistrates Court having moved to new purpose-built premises adjacent to the Law Courts Building.

New Supreme Courts Building

In 2015 the Territory and Juris Partnership entered into the Territory’s first Public Private Partnership contract for the delivery of new court facilities.

Juris is a consortium of companies and includes Laing O’Rourke, Australia Construction Pty Ltd, Macquarie Capital Group Limited, Programmed Facility Management Pty Ltd and Lyons architects.

Aerial view from City Hill - ACT Supreme Court and Magistrates Court in 1996
ACT Supreme Court and Magistrates Court in 1996
ACT Courts Building - Front Facade
Front Facade of the ACT Courts Building

The design includes a new structure linking the existing Supreme Court building with the Magistrates Court building, providing a combined facility which continues to respect the jurisdictional separation between the Supreme and Magistrates Courts.

As part of the upgrade, the existing Supreme Court building was totally refurbished in 2018/19.

Key heritage features of the building have been preserved or re-interpreted, including the marble facade, raised podium and internal glazed oval atrium.

Timber used in the six courtrooms (gifted from the six states of the Commonwealth) was salvaged and is used in furniture located in the public areas of the new building.

Roof Detail in ACT Courts Foyer
Details in the New ACT Courts Building Foyer
ACT Courts Foyer - Front Concierge DeskACT Courts Foyer - Eagle Artwork

An interpretation board, setting out the history of the existing building will be installed as part of the second stage of works, during late 2019.  Two courtrooms will be located on their existing footprint (albeit thoroughly modernised and refurbished) in the heritage building to join the six new courtrooms constructed in the new facility.