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The Central Criminal Court Act 1856 (19 & 20 Vict., c.16) was an Act of Parliament passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker. The Act allowed a crime committed outside Londonmarker to be tried at the Central Criminal Court, the Old Baileymarker, rather than locally.


The Act was passed in direct and urgent response to anxieties that doctor and accused murderer William Palmer would not be able to enjoy a fair trial in his native Staffordshire owing to public revulsion at the allegations.


  1. Knott (1912) p.12


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