Old Bailey opens its unseen files

The Old Bailey, also known as Justice Hall, the Sessions House, and the Central Criminal Court, is probably the most famous criminal court in the world. It hears cases remitted to it from all over England and Wales as well as the Greater London area.

Transcripts of 210,000 trials from across four centuries are now freely available online through a new website: The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913. The website also includes 195,000 digital images and contemporary maps, images of the courtroom and information on the historical and legal background to the Old Bailey court.

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