Planning permission has been given to the new Inverness Justice Centre.
It is to be developed on the site of a former bus depot between Longman Road and Burnett Road to the north of Burnett Road Police Station.
The new centre would allow the courts service to move out of Inverness Castle.
The 19th Century building overlooking Inverness city centre is to be turned into a tourist attraction.
The Scottish government is to fund the construction of the new two-storey justice centre.
Highland Council's south planning applications committee approved planning permission.
The same committee was also due to consider proposals for other major developments in and around Inverness.
These include a new railway station at Dalcross near Inverness Airport.
Councillors were also to consider a notification of plans for a new prison in Inverness.
The Scottish Prison Service has submitted a document to inform Highland Council that it is preparing a planning application for the new HMP Highland on a site next to Inverness Retail Park on the A96.