David Malcolm Justice Centre: new building honouring late Chief Justice opened

An 18-metre oil painting by artist Jo Darbyshire.
The plaque unveiled by the Attorney General on Wednesday.
A state-of-the-art hearing/mediation room.
The ceremonial courtroom.
An embroidered version of the WA coat of arms.
An 18-metre oil painting by artist Jo Darbyshire. The plaque unveiled by the Attorney General on Wednesday. A state-of-the-art hearing/mediation room. The ceremonial courtroom. An embroidered version of the WA coat of arms.

THE late David Malcolm QC would have been “satisfied” with the Perth skyscraper named in his honour, according to Attorney General Michael Mischin.

The 33-storey David Malcolm Justice Centre will house the Supreme Court’s civil functions and judicial chambers as well as the departments of Treasury and the Attorney General.

It will also include the Office of the Public Advocate, the Solicitor General, the Commissioner for Victims of Crime, the State Solicitor’s Office and the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office.

Speaking at the opening of the $103 million building on Barrack Street, Mr Mischin paid tribute to WA’s former Chief Justice, who died in 2014 aged 76.

He said Mr Malcolm first raised the possibility of such a facility nearly 30 years ago.

“During his distinguished term in office of some 18 years, he did so much to have it built,” Mr Mischin said.

“It’s unfortunate the Honourable David Malcolm is not here to witness the fulfilment of his hopes and efforts in that regard.

“But if I may be so bold I think that he would be satisfied with what we have done.

“It may not be in the form he imagined, but we now have what he and others have striven for: a new state-of-the-art home for our Supreme Court’s civil jurisdiction, its judicial offices and staff, in the largest fit out undertaken by Government in a single project.”

The tower, in Cathedral Square, was designed to blend in with the surrounding heritage precinct and features impressive artwork in public access areas, including an 18-metre oil painting on level four.

The Supreme Court civil will open its doors to the public on Monday, July 11.