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High Court of Justiciary

Situated on the easternmost section of the Lawnmarket in Edinburgh, on the corner of Bank Street, is an ashlar-fronted Neo-Georgian building which serves as the principal location and administrative offices for the High Court of Justiciary. This is Scotland's supreme criminal court, serving both as a focus for serious criminal trials and appeals. Appeals are heard from the High Court, together with Sheriff Courts and District Courts around the country, with a minimum of three judges presiding.

Constructed 1934-37 as the Sheriff Courthouse for Edinburgh, is was converted for use by the High Court in the early 1990s. The B-listed building now includes four court-rooms, together with offices and custody facilities. The Doric pilastered entrance hall is lined with marble.

Outside is a statue of David Hume by Sandy Stoddart on an ashlar base (1995) and there are supplementary court-rooms in nearby Parliament House.


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