ACT Law Courts

The Juris Partnership, comprising Laing O’Rourke, Macquarie Capital and their delivery partners, is delivering a new $150 million justice precinct for the Australian Capital Territory.

The ACT Law Courts project in the centre of Canberra is the Territory’s first public–private partnership (PPP).

The project will create a combined Law Courts facility for the ACT which 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.

The new Supreme Court will include eight courtrooms – five of which will be jury courtrooms – and has been designed to accommodate a total of ten courtrooms (including eight jury courtrooms) in the future.  

The Magistrates Court will operate with eleven courtrooms, all of which will be upgraded to provide modern audio-visual and remote witness capabilities and improved acoustic performance.  In addition, the Magistrates Court will have one new hearing room.

The ACT Law Courts project will also deliver a new and expanded custodial facility, dedicated vulnerable witness suite, new mediation suite, dedicated parole board hearing room, a combined and centralised registry area, new jury facilities and accommodation for a range of judicial and community support functions.






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Facts & Figures


PV Array modules with  110kw capacity


courtrooms with state-of-the-art AV


jobs created during the construction phase


years of improved service to the community


The ACT Law Court is being delivered by the Juris Partnership as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) – a first for the ACT.

ACT_Law_Courts_Logos_-_2As the Territory's first PPP this major infrastructure project is also an important pathfinder, and demonstrates the ACT Government’s commitment to working innovatively in partnership with the private sector to deliver Canberra’s future infrastructure needs.

The Juris Partnership consortium includes equity partners Laing O'Rourke, and Macquarie Capital and their delivery partners.

There is more detailed information about the benefits of a Public Private Partnership on the FAQ page.