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Edmonton is named for Fort Edmonton which was named by John Peter Pruden after Edmonton, London, his home town and that of Hudson Bay Company deputy governor Sir James Winter Lake.


Location:  Edmonton is located in the central part of the Province along the North Saskatchewan River.


Judicial District:  Edmonton Judicial District


Law Courts – Edmonton


Location:  1A Sir Winston Churchill Square / 97th Street NW

Built:  1970 – 1972

Style:  Modern Brutalist

Architect:  Jock Bell of Bell McCulloch Spotawski & Associates

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a six story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the centre of Edmonton and is constructed of reinforced concrete with smooth interior walls and rough, exposed aggregate on the exterior. The structure is a simple square plan but gives an imposing impression due to the upper floors cantilevering beyond exterior columns, creating increasing dimensions, somewhat like a pyramid inverted on its point. The building is names as the Law Courts and houses the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Queen’s Bench in the south tower and the Provincial Court in the north tower. .


History:  The previous courthouse was designed by A M Jeffers and constructed in 1908 to 1912. The building was demolished in 1972.


See:  The Court of Queen’s Bench also sits at the courthouse at  Hinton. 


Alberta Court of Appeal



The Alberta Court of Appeal is located on the fifth story of the south tower of the Law Courts. The Court of Appeal also sits in Calgary.


See:  Within the Edmonton Judicial District are the Provincial Courthouses located at  – Athabasca   /   Barrhead   /   Boyle   /   Breton   /  Drayton Valley   /   Edson   /   Evansburg     /   Fort Saskatchewan   /   Grande Cache   /   Hinton   /   Jasper  /   Leduc   /  Mayerthorpe   /  Morinville   /  St. Albert   /  Sherwood Park  /  Stony Plain  /  Vegreville   /  Westlock   /   Whitecourt




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Photos taken 2013 and 2019