Royal Courts of Justice
The Royal Courts of Justice, commonly called the Law Courts, is a court building in London which houses the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales. The High Court also sits on circuit and in other major cities. 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 a Grade I listed building.
|Royal Courts of Justice|
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival|
City of Westminster
|Town or city||London|
|Current tenants||HM Courts & Tribunals Service|
|Material||Portland stone ashlar and red bricks with granite, marble and red sandstone dressings and slate and lead roofing|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||George Edmund Street|
|Main contractor||Messrs Bull & Sons|
|Public transit access||Temple|
|Official name||Royal Courts of Justice: The Law Courts, Screen Walls, Gates, Railings and Lamps|
|Designated||5 February 1970|
It is located on 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, St Clement Danes church, The Australian High Commission, King's College London and the London School of Economics. The nearest London Underground stations are Chancery Lane and Temple. The Central Criminal Court, widely known as the Old Bailey after its street, is about 1⁄2 mile (0.8 km) to the east — a Crown Court centre with no direct connection with the Royal Courts of Justice.