One of Temple and Farringdon Together‘s key election pledges was to press for new and better Court facilities in the Square Mile.
Today’s announcement has brought that ambition closer to reality.
The proposed new combined court will see a new, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose replacement court for the historic civil court, the Mayor’s and City of London County Court, and the City of London Magistrates’ Court.
Located in the Fleet Street area of the City, the court would create space for 18 courtrooms. The Court’s primary focus will be as a Crown Court hearing fraud, economic crime and cyber-crime cases, but it will also hear other criminal and civil cases, including the work of the City of the London Magistrates’ Court.
Temple and Farringdon Together’s Deputy Edward Lord, a member of the City’s Courts Sub-Committee and a Central London presiding magistrate said: “This is great news for the City and especially the legal practitioners in the Temple area, which will be right on the doorstep of this state of the art new facility.”
T&FT colleague and leading criminal silk, Oliver Sells QC CC, added: “Bringing major fraud cases to be heard in the heart of the Square Mile is the right thing to do. Chambers in the Temple and nearby have the expertise to deal with these complex and contentious matters.”