Delivering a world class court facility for the Australian Capital Territory

The first ever Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

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Sector Infrastructure
Sub-sector Social 
Location Australia


The ACT Law Courts Project was the ACT’s first PPP, seeking to refurbish Canberra’s existing court facilities through the construction of a four story building fronting Vernon Circle, joining the existing Magistrates and Supreme Court buildings.

The new ACT Law Courts building accommodates the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Magistrates Court, Coroners Court and Children’s Court (including custodial services).

The new ACT Law Courts building will meet the Territory’s needs for the next 50 years in a functional, flexible and sustainable way.

Juris Partnership were chosen as the preferred Consortium as the expertise of the consortium parties and design of the facility best met the Territory’s requirements.


Macquarie Capital entered a Juris Partnership with Laing O’Rouke, responsible for the design, construction, commissioning, maintenance and financing of the redevelopment of the Magistrates Court and a rebuild of the Supreme Court.

With an outcomes focused approach, Macquarie Capital drove the Consortium to incorporate future expansion space into the day-one facilities design to ensure the Territory’s objectives of future-proofing and minimising future disruption were achieved.

To determine utility consumption rates for the facility, Macquarie Capital worked with subcontractors, technical due diligence experts and financiers to understand, structure, forecast and competitively price.

Macquarie Capital provides independent management of the Special Purpose Vehicle subcontractors and of the interface with all other stakeholders.

Macquarie Capital’s structuring expertise created a robust and flexible commercial solution in response to the Projects complex development and operational staging.


The project has increased the number of courtrooms from 17 to 21, with 19 planned for immediate operation. Five of the new courtrooms are fitted to accommodate juries, doubling the existing capacity of three. The project also delivered high quality juror and remote witness facilities and state of the art courtroom technology.

The facility features a 110KW capacity solar photo-voltaic array.

Despite delays experienced during construction, the facility was successfully completed in January 2020 at no additional cost to the ACT Government.

ACT’s first PPP

meeting the Territory’s needs for the next 50 years in a functional, flexible and sustainable way

110KW solar system

the facility features an 110KW capacity solar photo-voltaic array


new jobs created throughout the construction phase of the project

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