Timothy Tye
Penang Supreme Court

Penang Supreme Court Building (21 August, 2011)

The Penang High Court Building (GPS: 5.42076, 100.3398), or Mahkamah Tinggi Pulau Pinang, is an elegant Palladian-style building along Lebuh Light in George Town. Formerly called the Supreme Court Building, it was built to replace the original courthouse which was constructed on the same site in 1809. It is located on a plot of land bounded by Pitt Street (Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling), Light Street (Lebuh Light) and Farquhar Street (Lebuh Farquhar).

The Penang Supreme Court Building was designed in the Palladian style and was inaugurated in September, 1903. The Supreme Court building was designed by the engineers of the Public Works Department headed by John Henry McCallum, the Surveyor-General of the Straits Settlements, based in Singapore. The total cost of construction was 206,678 Straits Dollars.

Newly restored façade of the Penang Supreme Court (8 January, 2008)

The building has stately columns and a domed chamber. Originally, there were also statues and emblems which have since been removed. Some of the balconies and verandahs were also sealed off during later expansions to create additional space.

Recently the Penang Supreme Court underwent renovation and expansion. A 3-storey wing was added to it. In addition, the State Government provided a piece of land across the street for additional space. Within the grounds of the Penang Supreme Court is the Logan Monument, which was also moved to the new space across the street.

The Penang Supreme Court, Pitt Street façade (8 January, 2008)

The Penang Supreme Court, new Farquhar Street wing (8 January, 2008)

Penang Supreme Court During Restoration

The Penang Supreme Court during restoration (23 April 2007)

Penang Supreme Court Before Restoration

The Penang Supreme Court before restoration (20 March, 2004)

The Supreme Court, Pitt Street façade, before restoration (20 March, 2004)

The Penang Supreme Court Building is on the map of Light Street

Updates on the Penang High Court

25 October, 2015 The Star reports cracks appearing in the Penang High Court Building, raising concern over the safety of lawyers, court staff and the public using it.

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