‘Flagship’ fraud and cybercrime court gets green light

A new “state-of the-art” judicial hub will replace most of the courts in London’s Square Mile.

Oct 9, 2017

A new “state-of the-art” judicial hub will replace most of the courts in London’s Square Mile. The City of London Corporation has backed plans for a combined court that will subsume all others in the area apart from the Old Bailey. The court will mostly focus on fraud, economic crime and cybercrime but will also hear other cases, including the work of the City of London Magistrates’ Court. The Government believes it will help cement the City’s reputation as a “preeminent legal cluster”. Justice Minister Dominic Raab said: “This new flagship court will build on UK legal services’ unique comparative advantage, by leading the drive to tackle fraud and crack down on cyber crime. “By reinforcing the City’s world-leading reputation as the number one place to do business and resolve disputes, it’s a terrific advert for post-Brexit Britain.” The new hub will create space for 18 courtrooms that will replace the civil court, the Mayor’s and City of London County Courts and the Magistrates’ Court. The City Corporation will now commission research to establish the cost implications and identify potential funding sources. Susan Acland-Hood, chief executive of HM Courts and Tribunal Service, said: “The development of a state of the art court in the City of London will represent a major step forward in our wider programme of reform to deliver a modern justice system. “The court will be fully equipped with 21st century technology, and will be a world-leading centre for economic and cybercrime, as well as working across other activity and jurisdictions. “HMCTS looks forward to working in partnership with the City of London Corporation to make these plans a reality.”

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