Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, Brisbane
|Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, Brisbane|
Building facade overlooking the new public square
|Alternative names||Brisbane Supreme and District Court|
|Address||415 George Street|
|Construction started||6 October 2008|
|Opened||27 August 2012|
|Inaugurated||3 August 2012|
|Floor area||60,000 m2 (650,000 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architecture firm||Architectus Brisbane and Guymer Bailey Architects|
|Main contractor||Lend Lease|
Location and features
Completed in 2012 as a purpose-built building for the Supreme Court of Queensland and the District Court of Queensland, the building together with the adjacent Brisbane Magistrates Court building created a legal precinct in Brisbane, which occupies an entire city block between George Street, Roma Street and Turbot Street. Both buildings are located adjacent to the Roma Street railway station and King George Square busway station.
The complex, shared between both courts, features enhanced facilities for victims of crime, witnesses, judges, lawyers and members of the public. It is one of the largest court buildings in Australia and includes 39 courtrooms, 1 large ceremonial court, Queensland Court of Appeal, 23 criminal courts and 14 civil courts, the Supreme Court Library, accommodation for 68 judges and a cell block in basement. The foyer of the Supreme Court also hosts the Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre, a museum dedicated to Queensland’s legal history.
The complex was named in the honour of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to mark her Diamond Jubilee. It was officially opened by the Premier of Queensland Campbell Newman on 3 August 2012 in presence of the Governor of Queensland Penelope Wensley, Chief Justice of Queensland Paul de Jersey, Chief Judge Patsy Wolfe, Attorney-General of Queensland Jarrod Bleijie, Master of the Rolls The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, judge Lady Justice Hallett, Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong Geoffrey Ma and Chief Justice of New Zealand Dame Sian Elias.
The court operations commenced on 27 August 2012.
- "About SCQL". Supreme Court of Queensland Library. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- Keim, Tony (3 August 2012). "Brisbane's new Supreme and District Court complex, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, officially open today". Herald Sun. Melbourne. Retrieved 6 August 2012.