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Revitalisation of Sydney's landmark Law Courts continues to progress

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Revitalisation of Sydney’s landmark Law Courts continues to progress 31 January 2011

The newly refurbished lobby of Sydney’s Queens Square Law Courts building was officially opened today by Commonwealth Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and NSW Attorney General and Minister for Justice Greg Smith.

Ms Roxon said the opening of the refurbished lobby was a significant milestone in the regeneration of the 35-year-old building.

“This building is a landmark in the Queens Square precinct and in Australia’s justice system,” Ms Roxon said.

“The larger waiting areas, new technology and other renovations will all help to improve the better operation of the building and court processes generally.”

The Law Courts building, which is jointly owned and operated by the Commonwealth and NSW Governments, comprises 27 stories and 47 courtrooms, and houses the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of NSW.

Until the refurbishment started in 2004, the building had not undergone any significant improvement since it opened in 1977.

One of the largest refurbishment projects in Sydney, the work has taken place whilst the majority of the building has remained operational.

“The successful renovation of the building would not have been possible without the patience of judges, staff and court users,” Ms Roxon said.

Improvements include more natural light, larger waiting areas, better access for people with disabilities, improved security, greater use of new technologies, and a commitment to environmental sustainability.

The refurbishment of the building will be completed in 2013.

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