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Old October 17th, 2009, 02:24 AM   #1
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Supreme Court Buildings

A thread to post your nation's supreme court and conversation on how the type of architecture mimics or is symbolic of the court's position as justice in society.
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Supreme Court of Canada

"The Supreme Court of Canada Building is home to the Supreme Court of Canada. It also contains two court rooms used by both the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. Construction began in 1939, with the cornerstone laid by Queen Elizabeth, consort to King George VI and later Queen Mother. It was designed by Ernest Cormier, architect of the Quebec Court of Appeal Building, the Government Printing Bureau in Gatineau, Quebec, and the Université de Montréal. The Court began hearing cases in the new building by January 1946. The building is renowned for its Art Deco details. [3] In 2000, it was named by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada as one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada during the last millennium.[4]

Two flagstaffs have been erected in front of the building. A flag on one is flown daily, while the other is hoisted only on those days when the court is in session."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Court_of_Canada

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Front:
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyndunsford/245377654/

Rear View:
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/robhunt...98569/sizes/o/

Side View:
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/robhunt...94757/sizes/o/

Out front are two statues, Truth:
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyin_b...87822/sizes/l/

And Justice:
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Canada's current Chief Justice is Beverly McLachlan. Here she is wearing the traditional robes of the office:

http://www.law.uwo.ca/info-news/dist.../McLachlin.jpg

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Old October 17th, 2009, 02:49 AM   #3
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Brazil:

The Supreme Federal Court (Portuguese: Supremo Tribunal Federal or STF) is the supreme court (court of last resort) of Brazil. It is the highest court of law of the Brazil and its rulings cannot be appealed. The Court has the power of judicial review and judges the constitutionality of laws passed by the National Congress. This happens when the Court judges a Direct Action of Unconstitutionality (Ação Direta de Inconstitucionalidade, or Adin). The judges of the court are called ministers (Ministro). They are appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. There is a mandatory retirement age of 70.

All judicial and administrative meetings of the Supreme Court have been broadcast live on television since 2002. The Court is open for the public to watch the meetings.

In May 2009 The Economist called the Supreme Federal Court "the most overburdened court in the world, thanks to a plethora of rights and privileges entrenched in the country's 1988 constitution (...) till recently the tribunal's decisions did not bind lower courts. The result was a court that is overstretched to the point of mutiny. The Supreme Court received 100,781 cases last year."








The Superior Court of Justice (Portuguese: Superior Tribunal de Justiça, STJ) is the Brazilian highest appellate court for non-constitutional issues.

A Special Appeal (in Portuguese, Recurso Especial) can be made to this court when a judgement of a court of second instance offends a federal statute disposition or when second instance courts make different rulings on the same federal statute.




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Old October 17th, 2009, 03:02 AM   #4
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Court of Canada has a vague Chateau Frontenac feeling on it
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Old October 17th, 2009, 03:08 AM   #5
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High Court of Australia

The reason that the High Court of Australia is not named the "supreme court" is purely historical. Before the federation of the Australian colonies as states of Australia (in 1901), each colony had its own independent judicial system with a supreme court as the highest court physically within the colony (with a right of appeal to the Privy Council). On federation, the constitution provided for the establishment of a federal "supreme court", to be named the "High Court" which could hear appeals from the state Supreme Courts.

That's why it's called the High Court, and not the Supreme Court.

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The High Court of Australia is the highest court in the Australian court hierarchy and the final court of appeal in Australia. It has both original and appellate jurisdiction, has the power of judicial review over laws passed by the Parliament of Australia and the parliaments of the States, and interprets the Constitution of Australia. The High Court is mandated by section 71 of the Constitution, which vests in it the judicial power of the Commonwealth of Australia. The High Court was constituted by the Judiciary Act 1903. The High Court of Australia is located in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

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Old October 17th, 2009, 06:51 AM   #7
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LOL! They look like Sith apprentices


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Old October 17th, 2009, 09:06 PM   #9
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Court of Canada has a vague Chateau Frontenac feeling on it
And the robes worn by the justices have this vague Santa Claus feeling too, lol.
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Old October 17th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #10
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Polish Supreme Court in warsaw:
Building is from 90's and I think thats one of the best examples of that period's architecture in Poland.







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Old October 18th, 2009, 12:27 AM   #12
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The Supreme Court of Israel

Overlooks the Israeli parliament (the law applies to everyone):


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Old October 18th, 2009, 12:43 AM   #13
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Indian Supreme Court (1958) - A rather dull, uninspired building IMO. Truly representative of the Nehruvian era.

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IMO it looks quite good Maybe just because I have different aproach to all those decorations and ornaments The less the better.
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For post-war times it's an exceptional beauty actually, I'd say.


I always liked the US Supreme Court, truly monumental and certain Washington spirit to it.
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IMO it looks quite good Maybe just because I have different aproach to all those decorations and ornaments The less the better.
Its very un-Indian, like all the architecture of the Indian government. Of course, this is one of the better ones, modeled after the designs of Lutyens, but most government buildings in India are terribly dull. Just square blocks with flat roofs - designed to be built cheaply and quickly - not much effort needed. Like a poorer version of Soviet commieblocks.

I still wonder how Indians agreed to such an architecture for their government, considering how we love profuse decoration and symbolism all over our buildings. I guess it was also an attempt to make the architecture universally acceptable over such a vast country with vastly different religious traditions.
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Sort of similar to the German case, it seems.
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How it is possible to have once one supreme court in your countries? Normally there are more than one, in Greece there are 3 Supreme Administrative Courts:
Council of State
Chamber of Accounts
Court of Cassation for civil and criminal law.
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Old October 18th, 2009, 02:50 PM   #19
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UK supreme court





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Has been cleaned up recently

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