Nightingale courts status interactive map

In July 2020, the government announced that it would be opening ‘Nightingale courts’ as part of its court recovery plan to address the impact of coronavirus on the justice system. 

To date, 30 Nightingale courts have been opened.

We've created an interactive map which shows the location of open and proposed Nightingale courts, as well as the type of work being heard in these venues and the number of court rooms at each site.

The Nightingale courts that have been opened are:

  • Birmingham, Maple House 
  • Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Library
  • Blackpool, former Fleetwood Magistrates’ Court
  • Bolton, University of Bolton Stadium
  • Chester Town Hall
  • Croydon Jury’s Inn
  • former Chichester Crown Court
  • former Cirencester Magistrates’ Court
  • Hull University
  • Lancaster Town Hall
  • Leeds, Cloth Hall Court
  • Liverpool, Hilton, city centre
  • Liverpool, St George’s Hall
  • London, Barbican, Aldersgate House
  • London, Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France
  • London, Prospero House
  • Manchester Hilton
  • Middlesbrough Town Hall
  • Middlesbrough, Jury’s Inn
  • Nottingham Mercure, 296 Mansfield Road
  • Peterborough Cathedral, Knight’s Chamber
  • Preston North End Football Club
  • Salford, Lowry Theatre
  • Stafford Shire Hall
  • Swansea Council Chambers
  • Taunton, Shire Hall
  • Telford Annex
  • Winchester, The Guildhall
  • Wolverhampton Park Hall Hotel
  • York, Hilton Hotel

“We welcome the news that more Nightingale courts are opening and plans to boost existing capacity in Manchester to deal with cases involving multiple defendants,” said former Law Society of England and Wales president David Greene.

“An increase in capacity is essential to meet the growing Crown Court backlog but swift further investment on a much greater scale is required to make inroads into the growing problem.

“Backlogs mean that justice is being delayed for victims, witnesses and defendants, who have proceedings hanging over them for months, if not years, with trials listed for 2022 and, now, reportedly, even 2023.

“Given the ongoing pandemic, Nightingale courts are the best way to boost capacity to tackle the backlog while keeping court users as safe as possible.

“If action is not taken to increase capacity further in a meaningful and safe manner, case delays will continue to increase and more and more victims, witnesses and defendants will be denied access to justice.

“It is also vital the government does not impose any artificial restriction on the number of judicial sitting days, as happened prior to the pandemic, as this was a significant contributor to the current backlog. If court rooms are available, the government must fund the judges to sit in them.”

Closed courts

Hertfordshire Development Centre, which formed part of the original sites, closed on 31 August 2020 having been scheduled to be open for a specific period of time.

The following courts have also closed:

  • East Pallant House, Chichester
  • Bristol Law Society

Resources

Nightingale courts – list of additional facilities opening to support the courts and tribunals estate during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Court and Tribunal finder – find contact details and information about courts and tribunals in your area

Courts and Tribunals planning and preparation – provides advice and guidance for all court and tribunal users during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will be updated when new advice is available

Going to a court or tribunal during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – guidance on attending a court hearing in person

Assessing and managing coronavirus risk in court buildings – our update on HM Courts and Tribunals Service’s (HMCTS) organisational risk assessment and assessment tool. Members can request a copy of a courts risk assessment before attending

Face coverings in court and tribunal buildings in England – our update on court and tribunal users being asked to wear a face covering in the public areas of buildings in England

Welsh government guidance on face coverings – guidance for the public on face coverings in indoor public places across Wales

HMCTS video hearings: guidance for legal professionals – guidance about how fully video hearings work and how to take part

How to join a Cloud Video Platform (CVP) hearing – guidance on how to join a CVP hearing using your computer, mobile or tablet

HMCTS telephone and video hearings – guidance on how HMCTS uses telephone and video technology during the coronavirus outbreak

If you require technical support for a telephone or video hearing call 0330 8089405. Our Welsh members should call 0300 3035177.

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