The first new criminal court building in the Bronx in a quarter of a century. The Hall of Justice is located on a three-block site on East 161st Street near Grand Concourse Boulevard and houses 47 Supreme Criminal courtrooms and office space for related agencies, including the Department of Corrections and the New York City Police Department. As an added feature, the Bronx High School of Law, Government and Justice-a specialized public school for youngsters interested in careers in public service and the law-was moved to a site adjacent to the court complex in order to give students more exposure to the day-to-day workings of the court and better access to representatives of the justice community.
At the projects inception Chief Judge Kaye said, "I am so pleased to be joining the Mayor to inaugurate the start of yet another new court construction project. This new facility-a spacious building that will allow for the maximum efficiency in court operations-will ensure a dignified environment for decades to come. On behalf of the Judiciary, I would like to thank the Mayor for his continued support and cooperation in providing New Yorkers suitable, proper court facilities befitting the administration of justice."
The complex was designed by Rafael Vinoly, a Uruguayan architect who work includes significant pulbic structures around the world. Though the building was intended to open in 2004, several factors including September 11th, a lawsuit and unanticipated construction hurdles delayed the opening until 2007.