The present Crown Court, which opened in December 1993, is on the site of Bristol's former main Post Office. It was built between 1989 and 1993, retaining the overall style of the Post Office building. Currently it has ten courtrooms. It also has custodial facilities, and separate dining facilities for staff, judges, and advocates, as well as a public coffee shop.
Across the road is the former Crown Court building, which is known as the Bristol Guildhall, and was built in the 1840s by "Richard Shackleton Pope. The assize courts were attached to the rear of the Guildhall between 1867-70, by "Richard Shackleton Pope and J Bindon. It is a Grade II* "listed building. It is now an art gallery.
Records of the Bristol Courts of Assizes and the Quarter Sessions, which preceded the Crown Court, are held at "Bristol Archives (Ref. JQS) (online catalogue). Bristol Crown Court records from 1972 onwards are held at the "National Archives UK.
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