Definition of the Old Bailey noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Old Bailey

BrE BrE//ˌəʊld ˈbeɪli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊld ˈbeɪli//
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the main criminal court in London Culture The Old Bailey is the popular name for the Central Criminal Court in London, England, where serious cases are tried. It is built on the place where Newgate prison used to be. There have been many famous trials at the Old Bailey. On top of the building is a well-known statue of Justice wearing a blindfold and holding a sword in one hand and a pair of scales in the other.