Bristol Crown Court

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The Crown Court at Bristol is a Crown Court venue in Bristol, England. It is located at the Law Courts in Small Street.

The present Crown Court, which opened in December 1993, is on the site of Bristol's former main Post Office. It was built between 1989 and 1993, retaining the overall style of the Post Office building. Currently it has ten courtrooms. It also has custodial facilities, and separate dining facilities for staff, judges, and advocates, as well as a public coffee shop.

Across the road is the former Crown Court building, which is known as the Bristol Guildhall, and was built in the 1840s by Richard Shackleton Pope. The assize courts were attached to the rear of the Guildhall between 1867-70, by TS Pope and J Bindon. It is a Grade II* listed building. The larger courtrooms are reminiscent of the set used in the Crown Court (TV series).


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An example of a case heard at this court was the animal rights activist Barry Horne, who was convicted of six charges of arson and attempted arson at Bristol Crown Court in December 1997.

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Coordinates: 51°27′17″N 2°35′42″W / 51.4548°N 2.5949°W / 51.4548; -2.5949