The judicial and community contribution of the late Chief Justice of Western Australia - the Honourable David Kingsley Malcolm AC QC - has been acknowledged today with the naming of the David Malcolm Justice Centre.
Premier Colin Barnett said Chief Justice Malcolm was a great Western Australian whose outstanding reputation would live on in one of Perth's most important new buildings.
"Our State not only benefited from David Malcolm's lifelong commitment to justice, but also from his inspirational and generous support of charities and community organisations," Mr Barnett said.
"It is fitting to honour his memory in this new centre, located on one of Perth's most significant sites, Cathedral Square, where the Swan River Colony was founded in 1829.
"This outstanding building complements the historic and magnificently restored State Buildings and the realisation of the shared vision to reactivate this historic area, with the new City of Perth Library and Cathedral Square, for the benefit of all West Australians."
The 33-storey tower will be home to new Supreme Courts (civil), plus offices for the departments of the Attorney General and Treasury.
Chief Justice Malcolm's family joined the Premier, Cabinet Ministers, judicial representatives, Cathedral Square precinct partners and a wide range of community leaders for the naming ceremony.
Attorney General Michael Mischin said he was sure the former Chief Justice would have been pleased to see the State's legal facilities progressing in this way.
"Extra facilities for the Supreme Court have been talked about for decades, and its new home will include five floors of civil court rooms, as well as six floors of judicial and staff offices, all designed to accommodate expected future growth," Mr Mischin said.
"Combined with the newly opened State Administrative Tribunal nearby, this building completes Perth's justice precinct and promises state-of-the-art judicial services."
Finance Minister Bill Marmion confirmed the David Malcolm Justice Centre fitout was well under way, and scheduled for completion in July 2016.
"This fitout is the biggest undertaken within a single State Government project, incorporating the latest communications and security technology. It reflects the innovation and vision of Chief Justice Malcolm," Mr Marmion said.
Located at 28 Barrack Street, the David Malcolm Justice Centre has a five-star green rating
The Supreme Court fitout covers 38,000 square metres
Cathedral Square partners are the State Government, City of Perth, Anglican Diocese of Perth, Public Trustee, Mirvac Group and FJM Property
More than 1,500 people have been employed on Cathedral Square projects
Upon completion of the fitouts - scheduled for completion in July 2016 - more than 1,250 staff will work in the David Malcolm Justice Centre
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