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The Old Bailey

The Central Criminal Court, commonly known as The Old Bailey (a bailey being a type of castle), is a Crown Court (criminal high court) based in London, dealing with severe cases in the U.K. It stands on the site of the mediaeval Newgate Gaol. The present building dates from 1907.

The Old Bailey is where Sir John Mortimer practiced as a barrister. His courtroom experiences led him to create the fictional character Horace Rumpole, alias Rumpole of the Bailey.

See also: Courts of the United Kingdom

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