Also known as the Justice Hall, the Sessions House, and the Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey has been around since the 1600s. It is the central courthouse, the nucleus of English law, the home of the highest court in the land. Across the street is Newgate Prison.
The courtrooms are arranged so as to emphasise the contest between the accused and the rest of the court. The accused stands directly facing the witness box and the judges are seated on the opposite side of the room. All the rooms are gas-lighted.
The jury sits on the defendant's right, sufficiently close together. Lawyers, clerks, and scribes sit at tables below the jury.12/18/2008 . Edited 7/7/2009 #1
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