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Historic Philadelphia

Independence Hall courtroom

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Courtroom for the Pensylvania colony. The coat of arms of the King of England was mounted on the wall behind the judges. After independence, the first courtroom used by the state of Pensylvania. The coat of arms was replaced by the state seal. The courtroom is located in Independence Hall.

Up to three judges could hear a case. The accused had to stand during the entire trial within the area surrounded by bars in the foreground. The lawyers sat at the table below the judges bench. The jurors sat on the right side. The juror's box is not visible in the picture.

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