The letting may be apocryphal.   Before the opening of the Four Courts, Dublin, in 1796 many of the Superior Courts were located on the first floor of buildings in a quarter of Dublin known as Hell.   This was across the River from the present Four Courts in the precincts of Christchurch and had an unsavoury reputation for taverns, brothels and gaming dens. At one stage students of Trinity College risked expulsion if found in the area.

The completed 4 courts with its symbolic Round Hall and Dome was the inspiration for Melbourne Superior Court instigated by Chief Justice Stawell who had practised at the Irish bar and was from Mallow,