Kilmore East Class Action Courtroom

A purpose-built facility to accommodate the inquest into the Black Saturday Bushfires.

BLP were engaged by the Supreme Court to assist in assessing the feasibility of a number of courtroom options for the East Kilmore Class Action trial which resulted in design and delivery of a new purpose fit out within a commercial space in Melbourne’s CBD.

Housing the state’s largest Supreme Court Class Action courtroom, this purpose-built facility was very important to Victorians as it accommodated the inquest into the Black Saturday Bushfires. The unique courtroom design includes high-quality materials, with timber veneer panelling framing the judicial bench while red heart eucalypt timber panels were reused from the existing fit out and repurposed to suit the courtroom.

The decision to reuse the timber was not solely based on sustainability but also for the striking appearance of the grain. One of the largest courtrooms in the state of Victoria, it will be utilised for different jurisdictions as a large flexible courtroom

“Thank you for your close collaboration with and consideration of the needs of the Court – unlike the court room that it replaced, this court appears to accommodate the requirements of everyone: The parties, counsel, solicitors, general public, witnesses, media and, of course, the Judge!”
– Supreme Court of Victoria

Location – Melbourne, CBD
Client – Supreme Court of Victoria/ Department of Justice
Completed – 2013

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Kilmore East Class Action CourtroomLeanda Chia