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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 both the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales. 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 the 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, 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 open to the public, although there may be some 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. There is a citizens' advice bureau based within the Main Hall which provides free, confidential and impartial advice by appointment to anyone who is a litigant in person in the courts. There is also a Personal Support Unit where litigants in person can receive emotional support and practical information about court proceedings.
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  • The judges were still on recess so nothing was going on inside but the security people said we were more than welcome to look around. It’s a massive, imposing building and were able to wander at will,...  more »
  • Building designed by George Edmund Street, built of Victorian Neo-Gothic stone in the 1870s and opened by Queen Victoria in 1882. You can visit it inside passing the control, you can not photograph, as soon as you enter you are in front of a majestic salon, through stairs and corridors turns and for fans of legal history there is so much to see. The exterior facade is immensely extensive with different architectural elements: spires, arches, erker. It has a symmetrical entrance characterized by a trumpeted ogival arched portal delimited by a plateau with a series of arches, finally a cusp roof with rose and four towers with spires.
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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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