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Construction of London mega-court begins

By Monidipa Fouzder >>

(18 October 2022)

Construction has begun on an 18-court complex that represents ‘a vision of how justice will work in the future’ according to lord chancellor Brandon Lewis, who unveiled the foundation stones today.

The 45,785 sqm development (pictured above), which is being funded and delivered by the City of London Corporation, will house the City of London Law Courts and City of London Police’s headquarters in Fleet Street.

City of London Corporation said the City of London Law Courts – which will include magistrates, civil and Crown courts – will ‘harness new technology and modern ways of working to try economic crime cases’.

Building work will finish in 2026.

Lewis said: ‘The City of London Law Courts represent a vision of how justice will work in future – with modern, innovative and flexible courts in fit-for-purpose buildings. The Salisbury Square Development symbolises our place as one of the leading centres for business, law and justice as we ensure that the UK remains attractive to global business and investment.

After unveiling the foundation, Lewis took questions from journalists, who asked about crumbling courts and court closures. Lewis said he wanteed to make courts fit for the 21st and 22nd century and the purpose of the City of London Law Courts was to expand capacity.

(Courtesy: The Law Society Gazette)