Royal Courts Of Justice

16:37 Mon 24th May 2010 |

The Royal Courts of Justice, commonly called the Law Courts, is the building in London which houses the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and the High Court of Justice of England and Wales. Courts within the building are open to the public although there may be some restrictions depending upon the nature of the cases being heard.

The building is a large grey stone edifice in the Victorian Gothic style and was designed by George Edmund Street, a solicitor turned architect. It was built in the 1870s. The Royal Courts of Justice were opened by Queen Victoria in December 1882. It is on The Strand, in the City of Westminster, near the border with the City of London (Temple Bar) and the London Borough of Camden. It is surrounded by the four Inns of Court and the London School of Economics. The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane and Temple.

By day the Royal Courts of Justice is very much a working court and has a very important role to play in today's society. The courts are the home of the Court of Appeal, Civil and Criminal Divisions and all three divisions of the High Court. The High Court presides over some of the most serious civil trials and family cases in the country.

Situated in the heart of Theatre land yet far from the crowds, the RCJ has built a considerable reputation for hosting some of the capital's finest events over the years. The RCJ transforms into an inspirational events space by night. There are 3 events spaces available to hire for between 50 and 1000 guests and the RCJ events team can recommend a wide range of catering, lighting, production and entertainment solutions to ensure that your event is tailored to your guests.

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Contact details to hire the Royal Courts of Justice tel: +44 (0)20 7947 7726, fax: +44 (0)20 7242 9121, email:

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