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Neighbourhood Justice Centre

Architect: Percy Everett, 1945 and Lyons Architects, 2006

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre – Australia’s first community justice centre and an International Mentor Community Court – opened in Collingwood in 2007. Committed to addressing the underlying causes of offending to stop the cycle of crime, staff at the NJC work with the local community to increase access to justice.

Several design features set the NJC apart from other Magistrates’ courts. These include a non-intimidating security model, use of natural light and ventilation and provision of quiet spaces and a children’s area. Also unique to the NJC is its housing of a multi- jurisdictional court and an integrated team of community, court and client services staff under one roof.

The NJC site and building have a rich history. Its site once housed a boot makers, a police station and a TAFE. The building exterior showcases elements of Modernist/ Art Deco design dating back to its initial design by Percy Everett in 1945. The building’s interior, redesigned by Lyons Architects in 2006, reflects principles of therapeutic and restorative justice, incorporating accessible community meeting spaces and a welcoming environment for visitors.

To further explore the operations and unique design elements of Australia’s first community justice centre, register for the NJC’s online information session on Saturday 25th July.

Photos: 1 – Peter Gunphy, 2 – Courtesy NJC.


Digitally discover the operations and designs of the Neighbourhood Justice Centre.

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