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Court of Appeal

Architect: S.E. Bindley

City of Melbourne | C74

The Court of Appeal is located at 459 Lonsdale Street. The building was designed by architect S.E. Bindley in an Academic Classical Style. It was constructed in 1893 originally as offices for the Attorney General and Crown Law Department. The building celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. The Crown Law Department occupied the premises from 1893 until 1977, when it was renovated to become the Supreme Court Annexe. The building was renamed to the ‘Court of Appeal’ after the creation of the division in 1995. The Court of Appeal hears appeals from criminal and civil trials originally heard in the County Court and the Trial Division of the Supreme Court. It also hears some appeals from VCAT. Usually three judges will hear an appeal, determining whether a trial was conducted fairly, and whether the law was correctly applied. Today, the Court of Appeal houses three courtrooms (the Green, Red, and Blue courtrooms) and judicial chambers.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 10am-3pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Special Note: The Court’s usual security screening procedures will be in place as part of the conditions of entry

  • Building Type: Government

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Access: Limited mobility

  • Year Built: 1893

  • Transport: Tram stop: Lonsdale St/William St on route 58

  • Tour Type: Self-guided

Location

459 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000, VIC

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