The Palace of Justice (Malay: Istana Kehakiman; Jawi: ايستان كهكيمن) houses the Malaysian Court of Appeal and Federal Court, which moved to Putrajaya from the Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Kuala Lumpur in the early 2000s.
The Palace of Justice's design incorporates influences of Classical Islamic culture like Taj Mahal in India
, Moorish culture, like the Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Kuala Lumpur and Western Classical influence, like Palladian. The classical design gives depths to the building skin and creates interesting articulated facade. The complex comprises a five-storey building for the judiciary and a two-storey building to house the courts and offices.
There is a large central atrium (Rotunda) around which the various rooms are arranged. The atrium helps to orient visitors who had just arrived into the building and has clear visual connection to the other floors above. The Library is located on the Ground floor adjacent to the entrance door, with the hearing rooms of both the Federal and Appeal Courts located on the first floor. The Registries and offices of the Appeal and Federal Courts are on the second and third floors respectively. The Judges chambers of the Appeal and Federal Court are located on the fourth and fifth floor.
The locations of these functions are design on designated levels to ensure privacy and security. Even the location of car parking are segregated between the judges, the staffs and the public. The arrival point of these people driving in their cars are carefully scrutinised to ensure safety, security and privacy. The layout is design to have direct access for judges to go to their respective chambers from their car park . Public spaces are design to certain secured zones only.