Born in Jerusalem in 1945, Rasem Badran received his school education in the nearby town of Ramallah and later in Germany where he graduated in Architecture in 1970. Following his graduation, he worked in Germany for two years and then returned to Jordan in 1973 where he has since been practising. In 1995, Badran was a recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Great Mosque of Riyadh and the Redevelopment of the Old City Centre.
Externally, the Justice Palace is a group of buildings behind walls, with traditional elements such as gates and towers. Internally, the use of columns, courtyards and narrow alleys which receive daylight, sometimes direct sunlight, remind one of traditional elements used in institutional buildings, or Mamluk houses of the Islamic era.
The Justice Palace is connected to the Great Mosque of Riyadh by a large public plaza. To the south of the Palace are three buildings housing the Riyadh Municipality, the Governorate, and Police HQ.