The Hall of Justice, dedicated in 2002, is headquarters for the state’s judicial branch of government. It houses court offices and courtrooms for the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Built of limestone and capped by a glass dome, the six-story Hall of Justice faces the State Capitol – independent yet in relation to the executive and legislative branches of government, symbolic of how state government works.
For much of the 20th century, the eight-acre super-block was a neighborhood bisected by Michigan Avenue. The area featured large houses; Michigan Avenue School (1019 West Michigan Avenue); and small businesses, such as a corner food market (1026 West Allegan Street), a dry cleaners (115 North Butler Street), and a pharmacy (123 North Butler Street). In the final decades of the century, the State of Michigan acquired the land as part of the Capitol Complex development project in which state office buildings were built along a central walkway, similar in concept to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
In addition to the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court courtrooms, which are open to the public when court is in session, the Hall of Justice features a learning center, a museum-type gallery about the judicial branch of government. Tours are offered Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is available at courts.mi.gov/learningcenter or 517-373-7171.
CADL Local History Collections, including the Abrams Collection (aerial photos), Lansing Schools Collection (Michigan Avenue School), and Stebbins Collection (real estate records). Library of Michigan Clippings Collection (Capitol Complex). Also, Learning Center research files (non-public), Hall of Justice Then and Now courts.michigan.gov/education/learning-center/Documents/HOJThenandNow.pdf, and Hall of Justice Brochure courts.michigan.gov/education/learning-center/Documents/HOJBrochure.pdf;
Rachael L. Drenovsky, Learning Center Coordinator