Take exit 8 from Bank tube station.
- To Bank: 8, 11, 21, 242, 23, 25, 26, 43, 76, 133, 501.
- To Cannon Street: 15, 17, 521 (Monday - Friday peak hours only).
- To St Paul's which is a 10 minute walk from the Court: 4, 56, 172.
The City of London Magistrates' Court is situated at 1 Queen Victoria Street, adjacent to Queen Victoria Street and Walbrook.
Step free access is available via the use of a stairlift. All the courts and special toilet facilities are accessible to wheelchair users. A full list of facilities and information about suitable parking is available on request - T 020 7332 1829
If you would like to be represented in court by a solicitor but cannot afford one, you may apply for legal aid by completing a form, which can be obtained from the office (contact details above), from your solicitor or from some Citizens Advice . Don't wait until the day of your hearing.
If you have any doubt before you come to court as to whether you should plead guilty, you should seek the advice of a solicitor which may, subject to your means and the nature of the offence, be given free of charge. Don't wait until the day of the hearing.
Please check your summons and see if you are required to bring or send your driving licence to court.
You must send your licence to the court so that it arrives before the hearing, unless you are coming to the court and bringing it with you. If you have a new style licence with a photocard you must send or bring both parts of the licence.
Postal address - 181 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5QJ.
Observing court proceedings
You are entitled to attend the court before the hearing to observe the court proceedings.
The date of the hearing
You should attend the court on the date and at the time indicated on your summons or bail notice. If you are on bail, failure to attend Court on time without reasonable cause is a criminal offence for which you could be fined, sent to prison or both.
When you need not attend
You need not attend court if (a) the COURT has advised you that it is not necessary or (b) the COURT has sent you documents enabling you to plead guilty in your absence. If you are summoned for certain minor offences, you may if you wish, plead guilty and have the case dealt with in your absence. To do this, you must read the papers carefully, sign the part of the form which enables you to plead guilty and return the completed form to the court.
Please do not bring children to court with you. Only babies and children over 14 years old are allowed into the court. There are no staff who can look after them. If you need to arrange childcare, do so as soon as possible.
When you arrive at court
Please check in which court you are to appear. The court lists are posted on the notice board in the main foyer you may ask at the enquiries office. Please report to the uniformed Court Officer on duty in the court in which you are to appear.
A duty solicitor scheme operates in this court from 10.00am and you can receive free legal advice about your case but it is important to note that this service is available only for people facing charges that may lead to a prison sentence. If you do need to have advice from a solicitor, you are strongly advised to do this before you come to court.
Duty probation officer
A probation officer will be available. Please ask the court officer if you would like to see the probation officer.
Magistrates are not required to have legal qualifications but many are of long experience and have wide knowledge of law and procedure. They are assisted by a qualified clerk. If you address the court, it is usual to address the Chairman as "Sir" or "Madam" or the bench collectively as "Your Worships".
Certain offences can only be tried in the Magistrates' Court but for more serious cases you have the choice of being tried at the Crown Court or the Magistrates' Court if you are not pleading not guilty.
If you are satisfied that you are guilty of the charge you should plead guilty when formally charged in court. After you have pleaded guilty the Prosecutor will tell the magistrates the facts of the case. You will then be asked if they are correct and you may then add anything that you may think is relevant.
Pleading not guilty
If you plead not guilty the case will normally be put off to another date for witnesses to be called to give evidence. All the witnesses that you may wish to call must attend personally at the adjourned hearing - letters or written statements will not usually be sufficient. At the trial the prosecution will call their witnesses and you will be given an opportunity to question each one. When all the prosecution witnesses have been called you and your witnesses may give evidence.
If, having pleaded not guilty, you later change your mind and want to plead guilty, please tell the court at once and always long before the hearing date. This may save you paying the costs of witnesses for their unnecessary attendance.
If the court finds you guilty or you have pleaded guilty, you will be given an opportunity to explain to the magistrates any reason for committing the offence and why you should be dealt with leniently. If you have to pay a sum of money the court will require details of your income and expenditure and you may ask for some time to pay. For some more serious cases the magistrates have power to send you to the Crown Court for sentencing if they think their own powers are not enough.
If you are found guilty, the court may order you to pay some or all of the prosecution costs. If you are found not guilty of all the charges you may ask the court to order costs in your favour.
If the court has ordered the endorsement of your driving licence this will usually be sent by the court to the DVLA so that they can record the endorsement. They will return your licence to you at a later date. If, however, your case involves a fixed penalty offence only, your licence will normally be returned to you direct from the court.
You may appeal to a higher court if you think that the magistrates were wrong in finding you guilty or if you think the sentence was too severe. You are advised to see a solicitor before appealing and free legal aid may be available for this. The normal time allowed to lodge notice of an appeal is 21 days.
Enquiries concerning matters at City of London Magistrates’ Court should be directed to City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, your solicitors or a Citizens Advice Bureau. You may telephone the court on 020 3126 3050 for the Listing Office and on 020 3126 3030 for the Resulting Office between 8.30am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.