Crime, Justice and Punishment

The Historical Background to the Proceedings of the Old Bailey

A London crowd on a May morning including a milkmaid and a hurdy-gurdy man.

Policing in London

How suspects were apprehended.

Crimes Tried at the Old Bailey

Explanations of types and categories of indictable offences.

Trial Procedures

How trials were conducted at the Old Bailey.

Judges and Juries

The decision-makers in criminal trials.

Trial Verdicts

Explanations of jury decisions.

Punishments at the Old Bailey

Late 17th century to the early 20th Century.


A guide to unfamiliar judicial and historical terms.

OBPO Bibliography

A comprehensive bibliography of publications related to the Proceedings.