(Top picture): To the right of the courthouse entrance is a mural of Justice by Robert Reid. It was completed in 1899 and unveiled on January 2, 1900 when the courthouse was opened. The painting takes its name from the central figure, ‘Justice.’ To her right is ‘Peace,’ cradling an infant, and to her left is ‘Prosperity,” with a cornucopia, conveying the benefits conferred by Justice. This contrasts with the Willard Leroy Metcalf version of Justice on the opposite wall, demonstrating the consequences of defying Justice.
(Bottom picture): This central segment of a 62-foot wide mural, The Transmission of the Law, by H. Siddons Mowbray, was completed the same time as Reid’s Justice. The depicted segment is above the elevator in the main lobby of the courthouse, wraps around the encasement, and extends to the staircase walls on either side. The painting tracks the History of the law, starting with Mosaic Law, followed by Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Norman, Common Law, and ending with Modern Law.