Hall of Justice

Hall of Justice

A Hall of Justice is an occasional term for a city's police headquarters, and exists in cities across the United States. In some cases, the facility may also house courts as well as jails.


Los Angeles

In Los Angeles the Hall of Justice was the centerpiece of the Los Angeles County justice system until it was damaged in the Northridge Earthquake. The historic building was featured on television shows including Dragnet and Get Smart. More significantly, it was the home of Los Angeles County courts, the Los Angeles County Coroner, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney, and was for many years the primary Los Angeles County jail.

Notable residents of the Hall of Justice included Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan. Autopsies performed at the Hall of Justice include those of actress Marilyn Monroe and the assassinated presidential candidate and former United States Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

There are restoration plans to again make it the Sheriff's Headquarters.

County Hall of Justice - Allied Architects - Los Angeles at

San Francisco

In San Francisco, the old Hall of Justice was opposite Portsmouth Square on Kearny Street between Washington and Merchant. The famous image of fan-shaped curved windows, from the floor, in numerous police dramas from Ironside in the 1960s, the American television program starring Raymond Burr, to numerous contemporary cop dramas, are images of the Hall. The San Francisco Hall of Justice is also frequently mentioned in the works of Dashiell Hammett.

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