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Ten 'Nightingale Courts' announced

Confirmation of court locations

04 August 2020
Ten 'Nightingale Courts' announced

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.

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