Toronto Courthouse

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Toronto Courthouse
Toronto Courthouse

The Toronto Courthouse is a major court in Toronto, Ontario, Canada located behind Osgoode Hall at 361 University Avenue north of Queen Street West. It is a branch of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and is used for criminal trials.[1]


The site of the Toronto Courthouse was previously occupied by Thomas Fuller's Romanesque Armouries, demolished in 1963.

The new courthouse was built in 1967 as the Metropolitan Toronto Courthouse,[2] it served as Court for York County, which formerly included the City of Metropolitan Toronto. After 1980, it served solely as court for Toronto.


The building was designed by architect Ronald A. Dick, who described its form as one of "dignity and convenience."[3] The imposing structure features fin walls (walls strengthened by equally-spaced piers), a 12-sided form and an open passageway of the adjoining South Wing (completed in 1985). There is an underground tunnel connecting the building to nearby Osgoode Hall. Two additional stories were added in 1987.[3]

It was one of the last large complexes in Ontario created with local Queenston limestone.[3]


  1. ^ "List of Ontario Court Addresses". Attorney General of Ontario. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  2. ^ As indicated by markings and plaques on the building.
  3. ^ a b c 361 University Avenue, Toronto Courthouse (former Metropolitan Toronto Courthouse),

Coordinates: 43°39′10″N 79°23′11″W / 43.65278°N 79.38639°W / 43.65278; -79.38639