On 12 July, 29 campaigners from climate action group Extinction Rebellion (XR) had their first court hearings at City of London magistrates' court. They were facing public order charges arising from XR's 11 days of mass action in London in April.
Two courtrooms have been reserved at Westminster magistrates' court in Marylebone Road to process 50 activists every Friday for 19 weeks.
1,130 arrests were made in April; only 79 people were charged at the time, XR reports.
On 12 July, eight people pleaded guilty and received conditional discharges. The 21 who pleaded not guilty will be on trial in September or October.
XR is planning another 'international rebellion' for October.
Topics: Climate change, XR