The Palace of Justice in Brussels will continue to serve as courthouse
Friday, 09 December 2016
The future of the Palace of Justice (Palais de Justice) will be strictly judicial, according to a note transmitted by Prime Minister Charles Michel to the Council of Ministers on Friday (9 November), writes La Libre Belgique.
“The government agrees to the principle of maintaining the judicial chain in the Brussels courthouse,” the note said.
The federal building authority (Régie des bâtiments) will be responsible for conducting a study on securing of the building. It will also have to build a warehouse in Uccle to keep evidence. The renovation of the palace will remove the scaffolding that covered it for several decades.
The future of the palace has been the subject of debate for several years. A cultural or commercial reassignment had been envisaged.
The Palace of Justice was built between 1866 and 1883 and is considered the largest court building in the world.