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The Cité Judiciaire (“Judicial City”) of Luxembourg – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post from Nicolas Boring, foreign law specialist covering French speaking jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress.

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend a few days in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for a conference. During a walking tour of the old city, I was able to see an area called the Cité Judiciaire (which literally translates as “Judicial City,” even though it is really a plaza), where the Duchy’s main judicial institutions are clustered. The complex, comprised of six buildings around a pedestrian plaza, was inaugurated on October 6, 2008. Situated near the historical center of the city, the judiciary complex is close to Luxembourg’s Parliament as well as the palace and most ministries. As a result, the Grand Duchy’s three branches of government (legislative, executive, and judiciary) are concentrated within a radius of 500-meter (about 0.3 mile). Overall, the Judicial City contains 43,000 square meters (about 462,850 square feet), divided into 300 offices and 16 courtrooms.

Panoramic view of the Judicial City. Photo by Nicolas Boring.

The pictures I took show the Tribunal d’arrondissement (District Court), the Tribunal de la jeunesse et des tutelles (Juvenile and Guardianship Court, which is a division of the Tribunal d’arrondissement), and in the building with the four large sculptures on its façade, the Cour constitutionnelle (Constitutional Court) and the Cour supérieure de justice (Superior Court of Justice).

Tribunal d’arrondissement. Photo by Nicolas Boring.

Tribunal de la jeunesse et des tutelles. Photo by Nicolas Boring.

Cour constitutionnelle and Cour supérieure de justice. Photo by Nicolas Boring.


  1. Sarah J
    November 15, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Great article, Nicolas!

  2. Sergio Stone
    November 15, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Thank you for the interesting post from Luxembourg. I have a question about the building that houses the Cour constitutionelle. Did you receive an explanation of what the four large figures on the fa├žade represent? Many thanks.

    • Jenny Gesley
      November 20, 2018 at 8:48 am

      My colleague Nicolas said that the tour guide told them that the four statues represent the different feelings that may be present in a courtroom.

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