Central Criminal Court was alternatively known as Old Bailey. The court was known as Old Bailey after the name of the street it was located. However, in 1834, its name was changed to Central Criminal Court. It is also known by other names like the Sessions Home and Justice Hall. The Central Criminal Court was built in 1907 on the site of the Old Newgate Prison.
Central Criminal Court deals with cases from England and Wales. Earlier, it dealt with matters only from London and Middlesex. As the name suggest, the court deals with criminal cases. The first reference of the court appears sometime as early as in 1585. In 1666, the Great Fire of London had caused immense damage to the courthouse. As a result, the building had to be re-built. The entire work of re-construction of the building was completed in 1674.
A bronze statue of Lady Justice sits on the dome which is built at the top of the court building. The City of London Corporation is the owner of the building and it even manages the same. The Crown Court is within the building of the Criminal Court. The Crown Court deals with major criminal cases. Public is allowed to the trials from the public galleries. Royal Courts of Justice is close to the Central Criminal Court.
Nearest Tube Stations to go to Central Criminal Court-
1. St Paul's Tube Station
2. Blackfriars Tube Station
3. Farringdon Tube Station
Address & Postcode:- Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EH
Phone:- 020 7248 3277
Timings:- Public gallery is open
Monday to Friday- 10.am-1.00pm