The efficacy of contemporary courtroom design

Dr Kirsty Duncanson (Department of Social Inquiry) and Dr Emma Henderson (La Trobe University Law School)

This project investigates contemporary Australian courthouse design, focusing particularly on the physical experience of players located within the trial.

While critical analysis of courtroom layout and its impact on behaviour has long been an important theme in legal scholarship, the leading reference sources used in Australia were written in the UK over thirty years ago, and focus predominantly on Magistrates Courts.

Recently built courtrooms at various levels throughout Australia reflect new understandings of hierarchy, space and technology.  This research project proposes to address the gap in the literature by assessing the manner in which these newly designed spaces have responded to past critique by creating new relationships between citizens and "justice."


For further information about this project, please contact:  

Dr Kirsty Duncanson
Department of Social Inquiry
La Trobe University 
T: +61 3 9479 2749