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Renovation will restore the Metropolitan Children's Court to its original role

Publication date: Thursday, 7 April 2016

On Wednesday the Department of Justice 'handed over the keys' for work to commence on a project that will restore the 1911 Metropolitan Children's Court building to its original purpose, a children's court for inner Sydney.

The Metropolitan Children's Court sat from 1911 until 1983 in a federation-style building in Albion Street in Surry Hills. For most of that time it was also a shelter for boys. Since 1983 sections of the building have provided office space for a variety of tenants.

Last year the Department of Justice acquired the site from the Department of Family and Community Services for $8 million.

This week the department handed the keys to Taylor Construction Group for a $38 million redevelopment project to begin, a project that will be the largest ever children's court redevelopment in NSW.

The new court will open in the second half of 2017 when Bidura Children's Court in Glebe closes. When the new court opens, the 105 year old façade will lead court users to state of the art facilities to make justice fast, accessible and sensitive to the needs of young people.

The redevelopment will include:

  • four courtrooms (twice as many as Bidura Children's Court)
  • audio-visual link facilities
  • a private room for vulnerable witnesses to give evidence via closed-circuit cameras
  • alternative dispute resolution facilities
  • a holding cell complex
  • interview rooms for the legal profession and rooms for support agencies

Read the announcement: $38 million children's court for inner Sydney