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Old Bailey Sessions

This court is in the Old Bailey, near Ludgate Hill, for the trial of criminals; and its jurisdiction comprehends the county of Middlesex, as well as the city of London. It is held eight times in the year by the king's commission of oyer and terminer. The judges are, the lord mayor, those aldermen who have passed the chair, and the recorder, who are attended by both the sheriff, and one or more of the national judges.

The offences in the city are tried by a jury of citizens; and those committed in the county, by one formed of housekeepers in the county.

There are besides, the Middlesex, the Southwark and London sessions for the trial of misdemeanours, &c.

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Source: Leigh's New Picture of London. Printed for Samuel Leigh, 18, Strand;
by W. Clowes, Northumberland Court. 1819