Fourth Justice Environments Conference

Conference Presentations

About the Conference

3-5 October 2013
Queen Elizabeth II Courts
415 George St, Brisbane

» Conference Program (PDF, 167.26 KB) (opens in a new window)  

Court and tribunal buildings are places where grievances may be heard, conflicts settled and criminal charges resolved. They may be sites of reconciliation, assembly lines for processing cases, or spaces instilling fear or hope. They are also workplaces, public spaces and symbols.

The Court of the Future Network, in association with the French Institut des hautes études sur la justice (Judicial Research Institute), offers opportunities for members of court and tribunal communities to debate key issues about justice environments with architects and scholars. We do this through three types of activity: research projects, court architecture tours, and conferences.

The fourth Justice Environments Conference is organized around the issues that are currently topical, or policy questions that will become pressing in the medium-to long-term. This year we are hosting debates on interpreters in court proceedings, developing flexible justice spaces, and using mobile technologies in court.

Key conference themes include:

  • Court safety & security
  • Flexible court spaces
  • Technologies (including mobile)
  • Sustainability, energy efficiency and link to nature
  • Financing courts and procurement
  • Innovative justice processes & spaces
  • Interpreters in court
  • Representing justice through art

A highlight of this conference will be displays of outstanding work by young graduate architects to design a children’s court (UNSW studio led by Diane Jones) and a Supreme Court building (University of Melbourne studio led by Graham Brawn). 

Sessions are designed to bring together different perspectives on an issue, typically from an architect, a judge and an academic. These will be integrated with court architecture tours exploring issues like sustainability, use of art in public buildings or emerging technologies.