Definitions for old bailey
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the central criminal court in London
a street in the City between Holborn circus and St Paul's Cathedral
the Central Criminal Court in this street
Origin: Originally "The Bailey", a street running outside the western wall of medieval London; from the word "bailey," a Middle English term for the outermost wall or court of a fortification. The courthouse built nearby in the 16th century, alongside old Newgate Prison, took its name from the street.
The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, commonly known as the Old Bailey from the street on which it stands, is a court in London and one of a number of buildings housing the Crown Court. The Crown Court sitting at the Central Criminal Court deals with major criminal cases from Greater London and, in exceptional cases, from other parts of England and Wales. Part of the present building stands on the site of the medieval Newgate gaol, on Old Bailey, a road which follows the line of the City of London's fortified wall, which runs from Ludgate Hill to the junction of Newgate Street and Holborn Viaduct. Trials at the Old Bailey, as at other courts, are open to the public, albeit subject to stringent security procedures.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a Court or Sessions house adjoining Newgate (q. v.), in London, for the trial of offences committed within a certain radius round the city, and practically presided over by the Recorder and the Common Serjeant of London, though theoretically by the Lord Mayor, Lord Chancellor, and others.
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