Watch a case at the Royal Courts of Justice

Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London 51.514143 -0.113742
Dates & Time:
Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays and the day immediately after)
Courts usually sit from 10.30 AM to 1 PM, and then 2 PM to 4.30 PM
The building itself is open a bit earlier -- from 9 AM to 4.30 PM
Tickets & Cost:
Free to watch from the public galleries
Children under the age of 14 are not allowed
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It's not everybody's idea of a fun day out, but watching a court case at the Royal Courts of Justice can be fascinating. It's not somewhere where you can go for a giggle and a chat (obviously) because it's a very serious business. But it's quite interesting to see how the legal system works.

The Royal Courts of Justice is a Civil Court, so you won't see any murders or robberies (unless they're on appeal). It's mainly libel cases, financial disputes, family court, asylum and deportation hearings. If you want big criminal cases then you should try the Old Bailey instead.

You can see what's on each day by looking at the 'Cause List' on the Royal Courts of Justice website. The same list is displayed in a big wooden cabinet once you've got past security. Courts which are marked "In Camera" or "In Private" are not open to the public.

You need to be over 14 years of age to sit in the public galleries, and groups of 12 or more may be asked to split up so as not to cause too much of a disturbance. Make sure you leave your cameras and mobile phones at home as well, because you won't get them past security.

Craig has been to see one of the cases himself, and he recommends giving it a try -- if only to see the inside of the building. You can read his review here. You might also like to go on a guided tour of the building, and learn a bit about its history.

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 Guest – “Hi,does anyone know the exact link to book tickets? i can't find it and i really want to go!thank you!!”

Admin – “Are you talking about the tour?It's not possible to book tickets online for the tour. But this page provides information about how you do it — ... /rcj/toursYou basically just have to send them a quick little email, and they will then send you back the available dates. Or you can phone them up if you prefer.If you are talking about watching a trial, then that's free. You can just turn up on the day.”

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