Hearsay ... the Journal of the Bar Association of Queensland
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baq_logo_icon.gifWhen site works for the construction of the new courthouse for the Supreme and District Courts commence this month, the physical manifestation of the design will begin to appear. I congratulate Architectus and Guymer Bailey Architects, the members of the Courts’ Building Committee, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General and all others who were involved in the conceptual phase of the project over the past two years. The resulting design is impressive, and a fitting new home for the courts after the Supreme Court has been located on or about the present site for almost 150 years.

The task of settling upon an appropriate design must have been daunting given the civic importance of the new complex, as a structure and as an institution. However, that design challenge has been well and truly met to produce the blueprint for what will be a landmark complex which will be infused with natural light and so will complement the contemporary ideals of justice being transparent and open.

This edition of Hearsay offers a valuable insight into the design of the new complex, as well as the major public space between it and the Magistrates Courts building. It also assists an understanding of how that development will tie in with the wider development of the Roma Street precinct, the Tank Street Pedestrian Bridge, South Bank and the proposed development at North Bank.

I ask all members to familiarise themselves with the design and general layout of the new complex. As the Chief Justice stated in his opening remarks, it is important that the Bar’s “particular expectations and requests” with respect to the new building are made known to the Courts’ Building Committee “reasonably soon”. To that end, I encourage you to make your views known on the Forum, which may be accessed by clicking on the link below. Once we have absorbed these ideas, Peter Flanagan SC who is the Bar’s nominee, will pass them on to the committee led by Justices Wilson and McMurdo which is considering the design.

Michael Stewart SC

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