The City of Westminster Magistrates' Court
is a Magistrates' Court
in Central London
. It was originally called Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court
, after Horseferry Road
where it is sited, but was renamed in July 2006 when Bow Street Magistrates' Court
closed. Since then it has become the court where the Chief Magistrate of England and Wales
sits, and all extradition and terrorism-related cases pass through the court.
The court building, designed by C. A. Legerton and opened in 1974
, is 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 four have since been added. The central location and proximity to New Scotland Yard
has caused the court to be involved in a number of high profile cases.
It is planned that the court will move to a new building on the former site of Marylebone Road Magistrates' Court