Supreme Court Building

Western Australia’s Supreme Court is now housed across two buildings in central Perth.

The traditional Supreme Court building, in Stirling Gardens, was built in 1903 and is still used for criminal matters. It also houses the State’s Appeal Court and that court’s registry function.

Some Supreme Court criminal matters are also heard in the District Court building, in Hay Street.

The David Malcolm Justice Centre - named after the Chief Justice of Western Australia between 1988 and 2006 - was opened in 2016 and houses the Supreme Court’s civil law courts, as well as the State Registry, mediation suites, meeting rooms and private law library facilities.

The State’s first Supreme Court was opened in 1837 in what is now known as Stirling Gardens. The building cost £698 and was described as "chaste and appropriate". It now houses the Old Court House Law Museum (9324 8688).

During its early years, the original building was used for many other purposes, including as a church, a school and immigration depot.

Towards the end of the 19th Century, as Perth’s population swelled, the original courthouse became too small for the growing case load. In 1879, all judicial matters were moved to the Commissariat Store and the original courthouse became home to the Government gardener.

In 1903, the existing Supreme Court building, which was added to in 1960 and 1987, was constructed. Its ornate and imposing façade is one of the most recognisable in Perth and the building is classified by the National Trust.

The former Legal Practice Board Library previously situated at the Supreme Court (1987 building) has been amalgamated with the DotAG Law Library at Level 2, David Malcolm Justice Centre.

Contact details

Supreme Court - both buildings

Switchboard: (08) 9421 5333 (8am to 5pm)

The Supreme Court buildings are open from 9am to 6pm on weekdays but are closed at weekends and on public holidays.

The Supreme Court Registry is on Level 11 of the David Malcolm Justice Centre and is open from 9am to 4pm.

The Appeal Court Registry is in the Stirling Gardens building and is open from 9am to 4pm.

Facsimile: (08) 9421 5353

Sheriff: (08) 9425 2481

Last updated: 22-Feb-2017

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