Tuesday, 24 November 2015


The Supreme Court of Victoria is the superior court for the State of Victoria, Australia. It was founded in 1852, and is a superior court of common law and equity, with unlimited jurisdiction within the state. Those courts lying below it include the County Court of Victoria and the Magistrates' Court of Victoria. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which is not a court, serves a judicial function. Above it lies the High Court of Australia. This places it around the middle of the Australian court hierarchy. The building itself is on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The Supreme Court of Victoria is located on the corner of Lonsdale and William Streets, Melbourne; adjacent to the Melbourne Magistrates' Court and the County Court of Victoria. These buildings known collectively as the Melbourne Law Courts comprise a complex of two story brick constructions, resting on a Malmsbury bluestone and Tasmanian freestone base. The combination stone base is acknowledged for the expert masonry craftsmanship used in its construction. The site is contained within a square block with a court positioned at each of its corners. Additional courts are located along the lateral, north and south wings. Administration offices and Judges Chambers enclose a circular central courtyard from which rises the Supreme Court Library with its central tower and dome.

Johnson and Smith were English immigrants who designed public buildings in a Classical style. Their design for the Melbourne Supreme Court is no exception, and draws on the style of Renaissance revival architecture. The Library tower is particularly expressive of this style with its three floors appropriating to form a base, piano nobile and attic story. A former Chief Justice, Sir William Stawell, suggested that the building may have had design origins in James Gandon's Four Courts building in Dublin.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme.

The following two photos of the interior are from: 

And the following photo is from:


  1. very interesting ruby shots

    have a good Tuesday

    much love...

  2. I love the wigs. I would not want to have to go to court for any reason, but if I did I would like to walk into the beautiful building. The outside and inside are both beautiful, and the red fencing at the entrance is lovely.

  3. A two storey construction, resting on a Malmsbury bluestone and Tasmanian freestone base, was a perfect choice back in 1852. The library tower is even more attractive. Were the bricks covered in stone?

  4. Interesting.
    I'd never thought about it before, but the wigs seem the same for men and women?
    Thanks for sharing these photos at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/11/chicago.html.

  5. Beautiful inside and out, and very formal attire. - Margy

  6. Melbourne's historic buildings are so grand Nick.

  7. Supreme Court buildings are always so grand. This one is a great example of grandeaur.


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