Law Courts (Edmonton)

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Provincial Courthouse of Alberta (Law Courts, Edmonton)
Edmonton Law Courts 10.jpg
General information
TypeOffice building
Architectural styleBrutalist
Address1A Sir Winston Churchill Square
Town or cityEdmonton, Alberta
CountryCanada
Construction started1972
Opened1973
OwnerMinistry of Justice and Solicitor General of Alberta
LandlordGovernment of Alberta
Technical details
Floor count6
Design and construction
Architecture firmBell, McCulloch, Spotowski and Associates

The Law Courts building is the main courthouse in the city of Edmonton, the capital of Alberta. It hosts hearings of the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, and the Court of Appeal of Alberta.[1] The courthouse is located at 1A Sir Winston Churchill Square, in Downtown Edmonton. The building was designed by the firm Bell, McCulloch, Spotowski and Associates.[2]

History[edit]

During Edmonton's years as a frontier settlement, and later as a booming railway hub, in the North-Western Territory, Edmonton's courts lacked a purpose-built courthouse and relied on rented space. Edmonton was repeatedly passed over while purpose-built courthouses were constructed in much smaller, younger settlements. This finally changed when Edmonton became the capital of the new province of Alberta.

In 1908, construction began on new Beaux-Arts/Greek revival courthouse, on what is now the west side of Churchill Square, to the southwest of the current Law Courts where the Edmonton City Centre mall now stands. It was completed in 1912 and demolished in 1972.[3]

Services[edit]

As of April 2012, Edmonton's automated traffic ticketing is operated by City of Edmonton's Office of Traffic Safety, overseen by The Edmonton Police Service as per the Provincial Automated Enforcement Technology Guidelines. Red light camera and photo radar tickets are now payable in person at the courthouse.[4]

Those with matters to be heard in front of the court are able to advance book any audio-visual equipment they may require via the online request form.

Current architecture[edit]

The current, brutalist building was built in the early 1970s and is reminiscent of Boston City Hall[5] and 222 Jarvis Street in Toronto, Ontario.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alberta Courts Location Details". Alberta Courts. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  2. ^ https://www.emporis.com/buildings/1261088/provincial-courthouse-of-alberta-edmonton-canada
  3. ^ Mittelstadt, David. Foundations of Justice: Alberta's Historic Courthouses. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "Pay a photo or traffic bylaw ticket". Edmonton Police Service Official Website. Edmonton Police Service. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  5. ^ "June 26, 1972: Chief justice given gold key to new Law Courts Building". Edmonton Journal. Postmedia Network. June 26, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2013.

Coordinates: 53°32′44″N 113°29′16″W / 53.54556°N 113.48778°W / 53.54556; -113.48778