Royal Courts of Justice

Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice
© PhotoDisc

A colossal Victorian-Gothic building, bristling with towers, pinnacles and pointed arches constructed 1874-82 and is home of the High Court of Justice. Its main feature is a central hall of cathedral-like proportions where display cases hold Daily Cause Lists - details of cases, courts and judges; there is free access to public galleries. Prior to the 19th century, Courts of Justice sat in Westminster Hall having done so since the 12th century.

There are a number of interesting and historical ceremonies at the beginning of Michaelmas Term. (1) the Opening of the Law Courts which is preceded by a breakfast at the House of Lords and a special service at Westminster Abbey, both attended by Her Majesty's Judges and Queen's Council. (2) The newly elected Lord Mayor of London in a resplendent coach on the last leg of the Lord Mayors Show, arrives to be sworn in. (3) Quit Rents Ceremonies: probably London's oldest remaining custom is the payment of six horseshoes for a smithy plot in the parish of St Clement Danes recorded in a Pipe Roll of 1235 - horseshoes and nails are still paid ceremoniously by the City Solicitor to the Queen's Remembrance; at the same time, dating from the 16th century, a payment of two knives, one blunt and one sharp, having first been tested for sharpness, is paid for a piece of land 'The Moors' in Shropshire.

See Also: Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey)

Opening Hours:
Courts generally sit in term times, 10.30am to 4.30pm

Telephone: 020 7947 6000

Address: Strand, WC2

Website: Royal Courts of Justice

Nearby Stations: Holborn Station, Temple Station

We would really like to know what you think of this map.
To leave us some feedback, please click here.

Download an A-Z London map onto your smartphone so you can use it when visiting London. Because the maps are stored on your phone you'll have instant access and no data charges.

Buy maps from AvenzaDownload for Windows Phone 7

Download from Google PlayDownload from Amazon App Store

View: Overview / Key

Enter a street, place of interest, hotel, station or postcode to search the map.