The Central Criminal Court, more popularly known as The Old Bailey, was constructed in 1907 near the site of the once ... More
Central Criminal Court
The Central Criminal Court, more popularly known as The Old Bailey, was constructed in 1907 near the site of the once notorious Newgate which was London's main prison from the 13th Century. A multitude of famous criminals met a sticky end at this court of justice. Most famously, Reggie Kray was tried here and convicted of the murder of Jack 'The Hat' McVitie. The veiled bronze figure of justice looms overhead and members of the British public are selected randomly to conduct jury service within the Old Bailey. In addition, members of the public can turn up to sit in on trials if they want to see the British Justice System first hand. Admission is free, but allowed for those above the age of 16 only; 14 to 16 year-olds allowed to enter with an adult.
I thought that it was amazing. I went with my college and as a Law student it was very interesting to watch. It makes you realise how much time it takes to put a case such as murder together.
I Would suggest that if you go to not take anything out with you when you visit apart from money. You will not be allowed in if you are found with phones etc. You do get a pat down search before you go in.
If you are interested in Law i suggest this to you.
This is a bit of history (the Criminal Courts Building is not quite a hundred years old), but for me the excitement was seeing the British system of justice in action. I'm an American attorney, and watching some of an arson trial was absolutely fascinating. It was disappointing that the bailiffs could not (or would not) discriminate between those "tourists" who had no idea what was going on and had to be constant "shushed" as if this was a play being performed for their benefit and those of us who were there for a more serious view. But I can't blame them, as I suppose there are vastly more of the former. BE AWARE!!!!! No cameras of any kind are allowed, although there are shops nearby that will hold your camera for a pretty dear price while you visit.