09 October 2017
Flagship court complex pitched as cyber-crime hub
A ground-breaking cyber-crime and fraud court complex is being proposed for the City of London.
The state-of-the-art courthouse will lead the way in dealing with online security offences, and would also handle other criminal and civil cases, the City of London Corporation (CLC) has said.
Sir Ian Burnett, Lord Chief Justice, said: "The new court's primary focus will be on fraud, economic crime and cyber-crime."
The proposed 18-court development will replace existing courts in the Square Mile and is backed by the CTC, HM Courts and Tribunal Services (HMCTS), the Ministry of Justice and senior judges.
It will not replace the Old Bailey, CLC has said.
The primary focus of the "flagship court" will be to "tackle fraud and crack down on cyber-crime," says justice minister Dominic Raab.
However, it has yet to be decided whether the proposed site will include a new crown court - an essential requirement of trying such cases - a CLC spokesman has said.
Policy chairman on the project, Catherine McGuinness, says the City is a "natural choice to house this modern judicial centre".
"The City looks forward to working closely with the Ministry of Justice and HMCTS in the coming years in getting this ground-breaking project off the ground," she added.