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Royal Courts of Justice, London

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The Royal Courts of Justice, commonly called the Law Courts, is a court building in London which houses the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales. The High Court also sits on circuit and in other major cities. Designed by George Edmund Street, who died before it was completed, it is a large grey stone edifice in the Victorian Gothic style built in the 1870s and opened by Queen Victoria in 1882. It is one of the largest courts in Europe. It is located on Strand within the City of Westminster, near the border with the City of London (Temple Bar). It is surrounded by the four Inns of Court, St Clement Danes church, The Australian High Commission, King's College London and the London School of Economics. The nearest London Underground stations are Chancery Lane and Temple.


The courts within the building are generally open to the public with some access restrictions depending upon the nature of the cases being heard. Those in court who do not have legal representation may receive some assistance within the building. A Citizens Advice Bureau is based in the Main Hall which provides free, confidential and impartial advice by appointment to litigants-in-person. There is also an office of the Personal Support Unit where litigants-in-person can receive emotional support and practical information about court proceedings.


The Central Criminal Court, widely known as the Old Bailey after its street, is about 1⁄2 mile (0.8 km) to the east — a Crown Court centre with no direct connection with the Royal Courts of Justice.
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  • Made from Portland stone, it was built in 1874 and is still a public building today, though we didn't really get a chance to see it except from our bus tour.  more »
  • Very interesting guide who provided a good background and history of courts. Would recommend the tour if on first visit  more »
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  • Coming from a foreign country while being involved in the case in this honourable court, I would like to say just one thing: if you search for justice and righteousness, British Court is the right place to find it! Big thank you to the judges of this court.
  • My highest admiration for the noble Judiciary administering Law, Order and Justice. The Judges were immaculate with their wigs and appropriately decided on very important cases.

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