The Court of Strasbourg, one of the finest court buildings in France

03 February 2017< Retour à la liste
The court of Strasbourg

A historical monument that is part of the architectural heritage

Dating from the 19th century, the building of the Court of Strasbourg is part of the historical heritage of the city, and a legacy of German occupation during the second Reich. The building was designed in 1897 by Skjöld Neckelmann, and incarnates the German imperial style. Its location at the heart of the Neustadt is the result of the political context of the time. That district of Strasbourg, also called the ‘new city’, was built by the Germans for the new administrative institutions of the city.

Several exterior elements of the building are listed, such as its main front and its two pylons, the fence around the yard, the roof and the other sides of the building. Inside, its hall with staircases and galleries, its hearing room and its decors and the entrance foyer are also listed historical monuments.

The court building was built to replace the former court house of Strasbourg. For many years, it was the location of the Court of Assizes, the Magistrates’ Court and the Court of First Instance. Since then, the Magistrates’ Court has been moved to rue du Fossé-des-Treize, in the same district.

A large-scale project

The refurbishment of the court by the Spanish architects’ firm Garcés, De Seta, Bonet has helped conserve the historical value of this heritage building, while making it safer, more accessible and more modern. The building now supports the functional needs of the 21st century.
The overall architecture of the building has been protected and preserved. Most of the work was carried out inside the building: restoration of heritage elements, refurbishment of over 12,000m², and the creation of a third and fourth level and a new central yard.
The project was initiated in 2012 by the Ministry for Justice and finalised by the public agency that manages the property of that ministry, and represented a total investment of €63.2 million, €4.25 million of which was paid by the city of Strasbourg.
Work started in June 2014 and ended on 8 December 2016, when the building was handed over to its owner. This key project of the city of Strasbourg was completed on time and within budget.

Participation of young citizens

In October 2015, the Parcours de Justice event was held in the form of creative workshops organised by schools and voluntary organisations from Strasbourg. Local school children made frescos, triptychs and other mural decorations in a number of places in the city. The different works line a path from Schoepflin school to Ciarus, passing through Pont de Pierre, the porch of the Court and the boards around the court worksite.

An assignment for designing a logo for the Court of First Instance was given to the pupils from the ORT school and the young people from the Fossé des Treize community centre. Over thirty logos were displayed at Ciarus.

A wonderful initiation into the arts, to uphold justice in the city. It also was an opportunity for the young to explore and understand the concept of justice.

Commissioning of the court building

After a stay in temporary premises during the course of the work, the Court of Assizes and the Court of First Instance of Strasbourg will return to their building at the end of February 2017.
The refurbishment makes it possible to improve the workplace of the employees and the facilities for the public, and makes a valuable contribution to the legal heritage of Neustadt: Administrative Court, Magistrates’ Court, Court of First Instance, Court of Assizes, Industrial Tribunal and many law firms.

Come and discover this magnificent architectural complex of Strasbourg, a stone’s throw from Ciarus !


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