‘Super-court’ to boost City’s appeal
The City of London Corporation has backed the proposed creation of a “super-court” in the Fleet Street area of the capital to replace all the existing court services in the City excluding the Old Bailey (Martin Waller writes).
The new court, within the boundaries of the Square Mile, would replace existing civil courts and the City of London magistrates’ court on Queen Victoria Street. Its main focus would be on fraud, economic crime and cybercrime and it would draw on the expertise of technology, financial services and professional services firms within the City.
The next step is for the City Corporation, the local authority that administers the Square Mile, to commission a study to analyse the cost implications and identify possible sources of funds. Plans for the court, which would have 18 courtrooms, are being developed in partnership with HM Courts and Tribunals Service. The feasibility study is expected to be completed early next year. The court would be close to the Royal Courts of Justice, the Rolls Building, the Old Bailey and the Inns of Court.