The ACT Law Courts project is delivering a new $150 million justice precinct for the Australian Capital Territory. Located in Knowles Place, the project will create a combined law courts facility that will maximise operational efficiencies whilst still respecting the jurisdictional separation between the Supreme Court and the Magistrates Court.  

The new Supreme Court will be located within a four-storey building to be constructed along Vernon Circle and will also occupy parts of the existing Supreme Court building following its reconfiguration.

A new public entrance and registry area will be built in the open space between the two existing buildings to connect the Supreme Court and Magistrates Court and provide access to common facilities for members of the public and the legal community.  The existing Supreme Court building will be fully refurbished to accommodate judicial and other functions and will be fully integrated into the completed facility in a way that respects and retains its unique heritage value.

Stage 1: January 2016 to November 2017 - Construction of the new facility.

Stages 2A & 2B: November 2017 to August 2018 - Refurbishment of the existing Supreme Court and reconfiguration works.

project overview

Expected completion date: Late 2018

Project type: Commercial

Client: Laing O’Rourke

project features

  • New 4 storey building
  • Eight Supreme Court courtrooms including five jury rooms
  • 11 Magistrates Court courtrooms upgraded with AV and remote witness capabilities
  • New custodial facility and new mediation suite
  • Dedicated vulnerable witness suite
  • Centralised registry area