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The Royal Courts of Justice are more commonly known as the Law Courts, and handle civil trials in the country. There are some 88 court rooms contained within the huge Gothic building, all of which the public are allowed to enter as long as the courts are in open session and neither the judge is giving out sentence, nor witnesses being sworn in. A list stating the progress of each case is found in the central hall.
The Royal Courts of Justice also contain a small collection of legal attire, which the visitor may view, and a guided tour of the building runs twice a month. This is an excellent way to find out more about the building. For those interested there is also a Guide to the Royal Courts of Justice available.
The Royal Courts of Justice were designed by George Edmund Street and opened by Queen Victoria in 1882, it is the last major Gothic revival building to be erected in London, using of some 35 million bricks faced with Portland stone, containing 1,000 rooms and 3.5 miles of corridors. Previously to this the site contained 450 houses which were demolished to provide the land required.
When you enter the Law Courts from the
The whole area is, naturally, peppered with the most famous, and therefore often the most expensive, of solicitor firms in the
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