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. Selection from John Collet, ‘May Morning’, c.1760. Museum of London

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.

Punishment Sentences 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.