UK government launches cybercrime court in London

The UK government has unveiled a new flagship court specifically designed to tackle cybercrime.

Announced by the Lord Chancellor earlier this week, the court has been developed in partnership with the City of London Corporation and the judiciary, and will be built on the site of Fleetbank House in the heart of the City.

The cutting edge, purpose-built court will also deal with business and property work as well as civil cases, and will hold 18 modern courtrooms and replace the ageing civil court, Mayor’s and City of London County Court, and City of London Magistrates’ Court. Also included in the court will be a new City of London police station.

“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,” said Lord Chancellor David Gauke. “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.”

Commenting on the news, Dan Pitman, senior solutions architect at Alert Logic, said: “This is certainly a positive move. Cybercrime suffers from being perceptually segregated from traditional crime from the viewpoint of the public, and victims often don’t even contact legal and law enforcement organisations when affected.

“Specifically calling out Fleetbank House’s new role in that space will drive home that cybercrime is just that – crime.”

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