SINGAPORE - Construction work on the new State Courts complex will commence in June, following a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday.
The new complex, consisting of two interconnected towers, will rise up behind the existing octagonal-shaped courts building at the corner of Upper Cross Street and Havelock Road.
It will expand the physical infrastructure of the State Courts without interrupting its day-to-day functioning , said judicial commissioner See Kee Oon, who is the presiding judge of the State Courts.
He also noted the growing caseload that society requires of the Courts.
So, the number of court rooms available for both civil and criminal cases will increase to over 60 from the current 40 when the new complex opens in 2019; while the number of hearing chambers will nearly double from the curren 28 to over 50.
The new complex will be three times larger than the current courts.
"Standing as a modern contrast to the 'octagon', the new tower complex...is a powerful metaphor for the openness, transparency and impartiality of the judicial process," said Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, who officiated the ceremony.
The new complex has an open design with no external enclosed facade.
Use of the current courthouse from 2019 is currently under discussion. It has been in use for nearly 40 years, and has been marked for conservation.