The Government is Launching a Dedicated Court for Cybercrimes

By Tom Pritchard on at

Cybercrime is becoming an increasing problem all over the world, but there are problems with it not being treated as important as 'real crime' that involves people stealing from one another in person, then attacking a nightclub DJ because he wouldn't play the song you desperately wanted to hear five times in a row. Now the government has announced London will be getting a new court specifically for dealing with cases of cybercrime (and fraud).

The new court is set to be built on the site of Fleetbank House in the City of London, and has been developed in partnership with the City of London Corporation and the judiciary. The new building will also handle civil cases as well as those related to business and property, and will come complete with 18 modern courtrooms. Those courtrooms have been designed to replace replace the ageing civil court, Mayor’s and City of London County Court, and City of London Magistrates’ Court. A new City of London police station will also call the new building home.

Lord Chancellor David Gauke said:

"The flag of English law is flown in countries across the globe, and London already leads the way as the best place to do business and resolve disputes. This state-of-the-art court is a further message to the world that Britain both prizes business and stands ready to deal with the changing nature of 21st century crime."

Policy Chairman of the City of London Corporation Catherine McGuinness said:

"I’m particularly pleased that this court will have a focus on the legal issues of the future, such as fraud, economic crime, and cyber-crime. Fleet Street may historically be known for hosting newspapers, but I believe with this iconic project it will be seen as a world leading centre for legal services and justice for decades to come."

This new announcement comes as part of a £1 billion investment by the government, intent on reforming and modernising the court systems - part of which has enabled more cases to be dealt with or organised online and making the court system more efficient as a result.

The current timetable will see the new cybercrime completed by 2025, and at the moment is still subject to finalising funding arrangements and securing planning permission. [Gov.uk]