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

The style of the building seeks to convey the traditional dignity of court architecture and was constructed by Clements Langford (Canberra) Pty Ltd for the National Capital Development Commission. The consultant architects were Messrs Yuncken and Freeman. 

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.

As can be seen from some of the thumbnail images below, an attractive feature of the building is its atrium which is situated in the middle of the structure. The courtrooms are located on the ground floor and open to a view of the atrium.  

Timbers donated by, and representative of, the six States of the Commonwealth are found throughout the six courtrooms. Each State provided timber for the panelling and furniture of one of the six courts.  

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angled view of the front of the ACT Supreme Court Foyer ACT Supreme Court rear view of the ACT Supreme Court side view of the ACT Supreme Court atrium ACT Supreme Court view 2
Supreme Court front entrance facing Knowles Place  Supreme Court foyer Back entrance facing Vernon Circle Side view of Court building Overhead   view of atrium
atrium ACT Supreme Court ACT Registry  russell fox library  Russell Fox Library ACT Supreme Court  
Atrium Supreme Court Registry Russell Fox Library Russell Fox Library  


A brief video tour of Courtroom 1 is available for viewing.

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