The Old Court House Law Museum collection represents the history of the law in Western Australia, with the collection reflecting all periods in the history of the colony. At both local and national scales, the historical significance of the collection is high.

The collection is unique and includes documents relating to the administration of law and justice in Western Australia dating back to the 17th Century. With over 2,000 objects, the collection has rarity significance, being the only dedicated law museum in Australia composed of legal regalia, photographs, books, artworks, office and personal items belonging to members of the legal profession and oral histories.

The Old Court House Law Museum’s Collection Policy is an overarching guide relating to the development, growth, management, conservation and protection of materials held at the Museum. The Policy outlines what the Museum will collect, and care for, the archival, oral history, document, photograph, object, regalia, ephemera and artwork in the Law Society of Western Australia’s collection.

Statement of Significance of the Old Court House Law Museum

In 2018, the Old Court House Law Museum successfully received a Community Heritage Grant to complete a significance assessment project to document and catalogue more of the Museum’s collection.

Dr Joanna Sassoon completed a comprehensive significance statement that is now guiding future collection interpretation projects, conservation work and research into the provenance of objects. Click here to access Dr Joanna Sassoon’s assessment