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Construction of new State Courts to begin

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday (May 28) for the new State Courts complex.

SINGAPORE: A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday (May 28) for the new State Courts complex.

The new complex – situated in front of the present State Courts – is due to be completed in 2019 and will cost an estimated S$450 million to build.

It will house more than 60 courtrooms and over 50 hearing chambers, an increase from the 40 courtrooms and 28 hearing chambers in its current premises.

Presiding over the ceremony were Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and Presiding Judge of the State Courts See Kee Oon.

The new complex will comprise two tower blocks - the courtroom block and the administrative block - which will be linked by bridges.

The courtroom block is an open frame with terraces where the criminal and civil courtrooms are located.

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said: "This design intent aims to translate the vision of the State Courts, which is to inspire public trust and confidence through an effective and accessible justice system, into a physical representation. 

"The design seeks to create an open, dignified and outward-looking building manifesting the values that we stand for."

The current State Courts building has been slated for conservation, and retrofitting works will start when the new complex is ready. 

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