The Supreme Court is a lovely old building in the Perth CBD. Have a peek inside at the big wooden staircase and old furniture if you're interested, but it's best to be neatly dressed and discrete. The surrounding gardens are very peaceful and good for a picnic. There are stories of prisoners escaping from the Court cells and hiding out in the gardens! Have a good look around the garden for some sculptures of kangaroos and gumnut babies.
The City's original Court House is also on this site. It was built in 1836 and has been nicely restored. It is now home to the WA Law Society.
Every summer, the garden plays host to the Summadayze festival, Australia's largest electronic music event. It features multiple stages and both local and international acts. In 2005 it is being held on 9 January and tickets are $82 from www.ticketmaster7.com. Check out www.summadayze.com for details.
Carols by Candlelight is another popular event hosted in the Gardens. It attracts thousands every year and the Gardens really do look beautiful lit up by all the candles.
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The Supreme Court sits in Stirling Gardens and was designed and completed in 1903. The first court was built in 1837 at a cost of $698.00. It served not only as a court but also a church, school, concert hall, theatre as well as an immigration depot and community centre. When it became too small to handle the growing number of cases, the building was made redundant and given to the Government gardener for his living quarters. In 1903 the new Supreme Court began its service and it was regarded highly during the gold rush period as a very distinguished building. It has been classified by the National Trust and to this day the courthouse still continues to hear the most serious crimes in WA such as murder, armed robbery and sex offences. The building has recently been extended.
The gardens surrounding the Supreme Court were opened in 1845 and are one of the many lovely gardens in the inner city area. There are seats, drinking water and public toilets on the grounds as well as the Francis Burt Library. There are many mature trees and ferns making it a very popular place for walking or taking lunch. Events such as Opera in the Park and Carols by Candlelight are held in the gardens during the summer months.