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Looking back to look forward: History of Aotearoa’s Courts

Project Staff

 Principal Investigator  Dr Jane Adams

Project OverviewRawene Courthouse 650

This project examines the interface between law, space, and place, framed within an historical context. It considers how New Zealand’s courthouse buildings have both facilitated and impeded access to justice for court-users, and the legal profession's role in that process. Using case studies of contemporary campaigns to save historic New Zealand courts, as well as the judge-led Standing Committee on Courthouse Design (established in 1992), this project examines whose voices are heard on matters of court design and the underlying assumptions and ideals about the role of space and place in New Zealand’s court system.

Project Outputs

Adams, J., & Toy-Cronin, B. (Forthcoming). Nurturing tradition in Dunedin: Courthouses, lawyers, and justice. Otago Law Review

Adams, J. (2018). Dunedin’s hanging judges. LawTalk 920 83-84. [PDF 363 KB]

Adams, J. (2018). Celebrating 150 years of Auckland's "Rip van Winkle" courthouse. LawNews, 7, 4-5.

Adams, J. (2018). Majesty and modernity. New Zealand Law Journal, 3. [PDF 439 KB]

Adams, J. (2018, Jan). Court audiovisual links - do they serve interests of justice. Radio New Zealand Morning Report interview [audio].

Adams, J. (2018). Demolition by neglect? The sage of Hamilton’s old court on the hill. LawTalk 914 52-54.

Adams, J. (2017). "Distributed Courts”: AVL in New Zealand’s Courts. LawTalk 912 64.

Adams, J. (2017, Dec). Grand Designs: Courthouses and judicial architecture in New Zealand’s modern history. Verbal presentation at the 2017 Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ) Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.