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Letter of the law

Western Australian Law Reform Commission, 1999

By Louise St John Kennedy and David Tait

Justice departments began to rethink the design of court buildings in the 1990s as they planned new courthouses and began to adopt more user-oriented approaches.

This 1999 report, commissioned by the Western Australia Law Reform Commission brings together the international literature on the psychology of courthouse design. It reviews the changing symbolism of justice within contemporary Australia. It provides some suggested layouts for waiting areas, registries, meeting rooms, court rooms, jury rooms, detention facilities, and offers recommendations about the use of art in courthouses.