Law Courts (Edmonton)

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Provincial Courthouse of Alberta (Law Courts, Edmonton)
Edmonton Law Courts 10.jpg
General information
Type Office building
Architectural style Brutalist
Address 1A Sir Winston Churchill Square
Town or city Edmonton, Alberta
Country Canada
Construction started 1972
Opened 1973
Owner Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General of Alberta
Landlord Government of Alberta
Technical details
Floor count 6
Design and construction
Architecture firm Bell, 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]


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]

Current architecture[edit]

The current, brutalist building was built in the early 1970s and is reminiscent of Boston City Hall[4] abd 222 Jarvis Street in Toronto.


  1. ^ "Alberta Courts Location Details". Alberta Courts. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
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  3. ^ Mittelstadt, David. Foundations of Justice: Alberta's Historic Courthouses. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "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