City of Westminster Magistrates' Court

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City of Westminster Magistrates' Court

The City of Westminster Magistrates' Court is a Magistrates' Court located at 70 Horseferry Road, in the City of Westminster, London. It was originally called Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court, after Horseferry Road where it is sited,. However, it was renamed in July 2006 following the closure of Bow Street Magistrates' Court. Since then it has become the court where the Chief Magistrate of England and Wales sits, and all extradition and terrorism-related cases pass through the court.

History

The court building, designed by C. A. Legerton and opened in 1974, is functional and "of minimal personality and minimal expression of function and purpose", according to Pevsner. It was opened as one of a series of three larger court houses, with the others at Camberwell Green and Highbury Corner. It had four courtrooms as opened and a further four have since been added. The central location and proximity to New Scotland Yard has caused the court to be involved in a number of high profile cases.

Future

The courts will sit for the last time on September 22nd 2011. The City of Westminster Magistrates' Court will reopen on September 27th 2011 in a new building erected on the site where Marylebone Magistrates' Court used to sit.

Building Activity

  • removed a media and updated a digital reference
    about 5 years ago via OpenBuildings.com
  • updated a digital reference
    about 5 years ago via Annotator