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Cool Legal Spaces and Places

Cool Legal Spaces and Places

By YL


I recently visited a number of legal innovators in the US. One of the things that struck me was that the interesting people I met all worked in interesting spaces. It reminded me of the importance of place. The way places are designed and work says something about a group's culture and values, and provides a sense of belonging. If you want to feel this for yourself, take a wander through the area in Melbourne's CBD bordered by Latrobe, Queen, Bourke and King Streets. The legal precinct is like a little legal village in a city of four million people where you are guaranteed to bump into someone you know. The Supreme Court has recognised this and is developing a plan to manage the legal precinct. Distinctly legal places can be found throughout Victoria. As you are running in and out of them defending clients and doing justice, you may not always have time to reflect on their beauty and history. But if you think about it, we have some pretty amazing legal spaces. Here are some of my favourites. Supreme Court Library Who doesn't love the Supreme Court Library. With its exquisite dome and books dating back to white Melbourne’s earliest years, this library continues to inspire. I still can't get over the Court allowing us to host events there – I always feel naughty eating and drinking in a library. Did you know? The dome was modelled on the dome of the Four Courts in Dublin. Look up next time you're there – the coat of arms is a bit different to the one you're used to seeing.

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