Acrylic Fridge Magnet of the Royal Court of Justice in London in the UK
This is an acrylic fridge magnet souvenir that depicts the Royal Court of Justice in London in the United Kingdom. The Royal Courts of Justice, commonly known as the Law Courts, houses the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and the High Court of Justice of England and Wales. Courts are open to the public although there are restrictions depending on the nature of the cases being heard. It is a large grey stone structure built in the Victorian Gothic style and was designed by George Edmund Street in the 1870s. The Royal Courts of Justice were opened by Queen Victoria in 1882. Through the main gates in the Strand there are two elaborately carved porches with iron gates. The carvings include heads of eminent Judges and Lawyer, Jesus, Solomon, Alfred the Great, and Moses. At the northern front of the building, over the Judges entrance, are a stone cat and dog representing fighting litigants in court. Then there are gateways leading to different courts and to jury and witness rooms. Separate staircases are provided for them to reach their boxes in court. During the 1960s, it was necessary to convert jury rooms in the basement area to courtrooms. At either end of the hall are marble galleries from which the entire Main Hall can be viewed.
Modern Day Use Of Royal Courts Of Justice
There is a Citizens Advice Bureau in the Main Hall which, by appointment, provides free, confidential, and impartial advice to anyone who is a litigant. So those who do not have legal representation may receive some assistance while in court. There is also the Personal Support Unit where litigants can get emotional support and practical information about what happens in court.