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The Royal Courts of Justice in London – Pic of the Week

This past October, I was able to take a trip to the United Kingdom. Being the legal geek that I am, I had to stop by the Royal Courts of Justice while in London. The Royal Courts of Justice house the High Court and Court of Appeal for England and Wales. The building complex is not as old as it looks – it was opened by Queen Victoria in 1882 and its medieval look is actually an excellent example of the Gothic Revival style.

One thing missing from these pictures is the bells at St. Clement Danes church nearby (one of many churches designed by Sir Christopher Wren). It was a Sunday morning and the bells rang for about 20 minutes as we walked around the area. Though I took videos of the bells, nothing compares to being there in person, feeling the sounds reverberate around you. I also managed to capture a picture of the rejected design for the Dragon Boundary Marks that designate the limits of the City of London (a district within the Greater London metropolis – it is also often referred to as the City or the Square Mile).


The Royal Courts of Justice with an iconic black cab in front. Photo by Heather Casey


Photo by Heather Casey


When architects were competing to design the Royal Courts of Justice, they believed they were making designs for a cathedral. The winning architect, George Edmund Street, sadly died before the building was opened. Photo by Heather Casey


In the middle of the street, next to the Royal Courts of Justice, sits the rejected design for the Dragon Boundary Marks with statues of Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales on either side of its base. Photo by Heather Casey


Photo by Heather Casey


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Patented Device Aimed to Make it Easier to Obtain Criminal Confessions – Pic of the Week

After a suspect is arrested, obtaining a conviction is easier if they provide a full, uncoerced confession after being read their Miranda rights. That brings us to our picture of the week, which comes to us from the Patent Database. The idea behind this talking skeleton was that it would help law enforcement obtain a […]