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.

On 21 September the lord chancellor announced the locations of eight further Nightingale court sites that will begin to go live from Monday 28 September 2020.

The three confirmed sites due to open on 28 September are:

  • The Lowry Theatre, Salford
  • Hilton Hotel, York
  • Jury’s Inn, Middlesbrough

Sites in Chester, Liverpool, Winchester, Cirencester and Bristol will be opened in October.

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.

The Nightingale courts that have been opened are:

  • Cloth Hall Court, Leeds
  • East Pallant House
  • Former Fleetwood Magistrates’ Court
  • Knight’s Chamber, Peterborough Cathedral
  • Middlesbrough Town Hall
  • Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France
  • Prospero House
  • Swansea Council Chambers
  • Telford Annex

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.

“We are pleased to hear additional Nightingale courts will be opened over the coming weeks and encourage the government to open more, as they are an essential resource during the pandemic,” said our president Simon Davis.

“The pre-existing case backlogs across the civil and criminal justice systems have grown significantly during the pandemic – and using unused public buildings as Nightingale courts will help build capacity to clear the backlog. We would encourage HMCTS to be transparent about how the sites are being run, how efficient these measures have been and what improvements could be made.

“Court time must be used as efficiently as possible - investing in legal aid for early advice and legal representation would help to nip problems in the bud before they escalate and reduce the need for cases to go to court.”

Read our press release about the July announcement

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 use 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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