ACT Law Courts Project Update

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The Juris Partnership, comprising Laing O’Rourke, Macquarie Capital and their delivery partners, is delivering a new $160 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.


From October to December Laing O’Rourke (for Juris Partnership) will:
– continue slab and footings works for the new facility between the existing Supreme and Magistrates Courts
– commence structural works to the new build facilities
– continue internal Magistrate Courts facility refurbishment works.


Internal Magistrate Court Facility access: remains though the main entry points and internal way-finding will be in place where access changes.

Construction works: Laing O’Rourke will continue to apply noise and vibration mitigations in construction methodology with building works for the new facility

Footpath access: The footpath along Knowles Place in front of the new facility construction works between the Magistrates and Supreme Court buildings has been reinstated but periodically will be disrupted from construction vehicles crossing the footpath.

Footpath access along Vernon Circle will remain closed for the duration of the works.

Traffic and access management: Temporary traffic measures will be in place to ensure access to both court buildings from Knowles Place (including trolley/pram/wheeled access points), through all phases of the works. Temporary traffic management to Vernon Circle will continue to be in place throughout the project. Increased truck access / re-entering on Vernon Circle will occur from mid-October and continue throughout the project.

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