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Vernon is named for Forbes George Vernon, who was a pioneer member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Yale.


Location:  Vernon is located in the south central part of the Province.

Judicial District:  Yale Judicial District


Law Courts – Vernon


Location:  3001 27th Street / 30th Avenue

Built:  1911 – 1914

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Thomas Hooper of Vancouver

Contractor:  John Burns & Son of Nelson


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story grey-pink coloured granite structure.. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the centre of Vernon. The west front has a central portico with six columns rising to a header with third story section rising above the flat roof line. Locally quarried pink granite from Okanagan Landing was used for the exterior walls and Italian marble for the main staircase, floor tiling and pilasters. British Columbia fir was used for interior wood finish and trim and the furnishings for the courtrooms and government offices were all made with white coloured oak. Stained glass windows are found on the stair landings. The building used to have a glass dome which allowed light to stream into the courtrooms. The Supreme Court courtroom is located on the west side of the second story with gallery on the third story. The building also houses the Provincial Court courtroom. In 1919 additional work was completed on the building. The contractor was H J Davies. The building was renovated in 1966.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by A M Muir and built by Mark & Hyatt  in 1888 at a cost of $8,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $198,876.


Yale Judicial District Courthouses: 


KamloopsKelowna, Merritt, Nicola, OliverPentictonPrinceton, Revelstoke and Salmon Arm 




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Photos taken 2016 and 2019