"at that time there were six or seven law courts in almost permanent session, each set up in a different part of the forum"
Ruins of the Basilica Aemilia
Creative Commons AttributionRuins of the Basilica Aemilia - Credit: Andrew Kuchling/Wikimedia Commons
Trials could be held in a number of different types of public building, such as basilicas and temples, and sometimes even in private houses. A basilica was a public hall in which business was transacted, meetings held, and legal matters attended to. There were a number of basilicas in the Forum in Rome, including the Basilica Porcia, the official building for the plebeian tribunes, and the Basilica Aemilia.

Learn more about Roman law courts from the author of the Roman Mysteries books here.