Luck be a Lady Justice
Downtown Las Vegas gets a stately Nevada Supreme Court building
Out of the glass and neon structures of downtown rises an imposing structure of white marble, granite and limestone. The new 26,100 square-foot structure, located at the corner of Clark Avenue and South Fourth Street, contains stone from around the world, stained glass, custom chandeliers and intricate woodwork. It will serve as offices, chambers and courtroom for the Supreme Court of Nevada and Nevada Court of Appeals.
But it looks old!
The neoclassical architecture combines elements of the U.S. Capitol, the current U.S. Supreme Court building and the original U.S. Supreme Court inside the Library of Congress. Those neoclassical structures reference the dawn of modern law and democracy in ancient Greece and Rome. It’s vintage, baby.
It looks so money.
Moving out of the Clark County Regional Justice Center and into this building, the high court will save around $500,000 in rent over the next 10 years. Justices and staff estimate they will gain 40 minutes in productivity by having an adjacent parking lot and not having to travel to the 17th floor anymore. The new building has even submitted for LEED Gold certification. It would be the only LEED Gold State Supreme Courthouse in the country.
What happens here stays here?
On April 3, the first arguments will be heard in the new 72 seat grand courtroom. The cases brought here will be the last resort for the Nevada court system. Additionally, Nevada Supreme Court appellate cases will be handled here by the three-judge Court of Appeals established Nov. 4, 2014. Before that, the Supreme Court heard all appeals, including everything from murder convictions to appeals of driver’s license revocations.
How does it compare to Carson City’s Supreme Court building?
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