Ten 'Nightingale Courts' announced Confirmation of court locations 04 August 2020 The Lord Chancellor, the Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC, has announced locations for ten ‘Nightingale Courts’ which are being set up to tackle the number of outstanding cases as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. All ten sites will be up and running in August. The courts will hear civil, family and tribunals work as well as non-custodial crime cases. They will free up room in existing courts to hear other cases, including custodial jury trials, which require cells and secure dock facilities. The confirmed sites are: Former county court at Telford, Shropshire Hertfordshire Development Centre, Swansea Swansea Council Chambers, Swansea Cloth Hall Court, Leeds Middlesbrough Town Hall, Teesside East Pallant House, Chichester 102 Petty France, London Prospero House, London Former magistrates’ court at Fleetwood, Lancashire Knights’ Chamber and Visitor Centre, Bishop’s Palace, Peterborough Cathedral The announcement is in addition to consideration of further measures to help ease pressure on the courts system, including opening courts for longer to increase the number of cases that can be heard safely on any given day, and continuing to use video technology to hear cases where appropriate. Additional Nightingale Courts sites are also being explored. The full press release can be found here. Previous Article The TRUNK July 2020 Next Article HMCTS Common Platform update Print Tags: coronavirus court backlog nightingale courts Please login or register to post comments.