If you are looking for an alternative route to Nathan Phillips Square, try taking a shortcut along the avenue that separates the Superior Court of Justice (361 University Avenue) and Osgoode Hall just north of . If you do, you’ll be passing through The McMurtry Gardens of Justice sculpture park.
The McMurtry Gardens of Justice are dedicated to former Chief Justice and Ontario Attorney General, The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry. McMurtry was instrumental in a variety of initiatives, including the establishment of the bilingual court system, repatriation of the Canadian Constitution, the creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as the establishment of a provincial network of legal clinics focused on housing issues and workers compensation. The garden was opened in June 2007 with the unveiling of its first sculpture, The Pillars of Justice by Edwina Sandys.
The Gardens of Justice serves two purposes. The first is to honour a man who greatly influenced the Canadian judicial system by celebrating the Rule of Law and the Administration of Justice, the second as a means of education about the rights of the Canadian citizen within that system. The installations are focused on educating both youth and new Canadians so that they can better appreciate Canada’s core values, most notably the Rule of Law. Conceived as an outdoor classroom, the gardens currently see approximately 25,000 student visitors every year, as well as tours from various community groups.