The City of Westminster Magistrates' Court was a magistrates' court located at 70 Horseferry Road, in the
City of Westminster The City of Westminster is a city and borough in Inner London. It is the site of the United Kingdom's Houses of Parliament and much of the British government. It occupies a large area of central Greater London, including most of the West En ...
, London. It was originally called Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court, after the road in which it was sited.Her Majesty's Courts Service
City of Westminster Magistrates' Court
/ref> However, it was renamed in July 2006 following the closure of
Bow Street Magistrates' Court Bow Street Magistrates' Court became one of the most famous magistrates' court in England. Over its 266-year existence it occupied various buildings on Bow Street in Central London, immediately north-east of Covent Garden. It closed in 2006 and ...
. It served as the court where the Chief Magistrate of England and Wales sat, and all
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and terrorism-related cases passed through the court. The court closed permanently on 22 September 2011, and was replaced on 27 September 2011 with Westminster Magistrates' Court, built on the site of Marylebone Magistrates' Court at 181 Marylebone Road. The court pictured has since been demolished, and replaced with a development of flats.


The court building, designed by C. A. Legerton and opened in 1974, was functional and "of minimal personality and minimal expression of function and purpose", according to Pevsner. It was opened as one of a series of three larger court houses, with the others at Camberwell Green and Highbury Corner. It had four courtrooms as opened and a further two were later added.Her Majesty's Courts Service
Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court history
/ref> The central location and proximity to New Scotland Yard caused the court to be involved in a number of high-profile cases.


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