Bourke Street attack
A note left on the one-year anniversary of the Bourke Street Mall attack. (Image: AAP/Ellen Smith)

There’s a great wooden canopy that overhangs in court two of the Supreme Court of Victoria -- a vast high curve of polished dark wood with two enormous wooden sculptures of overflowing vases atop. Without it, the high-ceiling courtroom would dwarf proceedings. Instead, the dark wood, looming, cresting, gives off an ominous air, in keeping with the rulings of the law.

But for the past three days it has played host to a more pitiful spectacle, as one by one, dozens of people have come forward to a stand in the middle of the room, to give their account of the day, just on two years ago, when their life changed forever.