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“In many cases the accommodation provided for use as courts and for those administering the Courts is sadly inadequate and unsuitable. The appointments and furnishings in the Courts themselves often leave much to be desired.

Not only is it impossible for those concerned in the administration of justice to work efficiently and give of their best without reasonably suitable and comfortable accommodation but the administration must inevitably suffer “in repute from the very fact that the setting in which it is placed is undignified, or overcrowded or shoddy.”

THE RED HOUSE

On the Red House, he stated this, inter alia:

"The Red unsuitable

House is beautiful to for the Law Courts.

look The

at, but portion

it is structurally allocated to the

Supreme Court has been adapted.

At first two courts were

constructed and for a long time has increased, and the business

that was enough. The population of the court has increased to such

an extent that

now five

courts

makeshifts, the

number of

courts

are insufficient. By various has been increased to five, but

there is no poor room

Conference Room, there is no Robing Room, is provided for the Library and that room is

a very also a

thoroughfare, and the Jury

Room is a long way from two Criminal

Courts.

There

are

other

disadvantages.

The

acoustics

are

bad

in

one court and some in privacy. There is the ground floor are

of the Judges Chambers are noisy and lacking no waiting room for witnesses. The offices on all congested.”

NEW COURT BUILDING

The Committee went on to recommend the erection of an entirely new building to accommodate six good courts, twelve sets of Judges Chambers and stressed that –

“The Judges should have privacy not only in Chambers but in the passageways by which they have access to the various courts, [and that it was] of the utmost importance that adequate provisions should be made for offices, waiting rooms, Robing Rooms, Conference Rooms, a Library and last but not least lavatories.”

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