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, 16 Nightingale courts have been opened, with an additional site in Cirencester due to open by the end of 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 and the number of court rooms at each site.

The Nightingale courts that have been opened are:

  • Bristol Law Society
  • Chester Town Hall
  • East Pallant House
  • Former Fleetwood Magistrates’ Court
  • Leeds, Cloth Hall Court
  • Liverpool, St George’s Hall
  • Middlesbrough Town Hall
  • Middlesbrough, Jury’s Inn
  • Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France
  • Peterborough Cathedral, Knight’s Chamber
  • Prospero House
  • Salford, Lowry Theatre
  • Swansea Council Chambers
  • Telford Annex
  • Winchester, The Guildhall
  • York, Hilton Hotel

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 naturally pleased to hear that two more Nightingale Courts have opened and that plexiglass will be rolled out to court and deliberation rooms in Crown courts,” said David Greene, president of the Law Society of England and Wales.

“Increasing capacity for jury trials is clearly the highest priority, and the government still needs to do much more to ramp up this capacity quickly. The significant backlog in the Crown Courts – which pre-dated Covid-19 but has been exacerbated by the pandemic – continues to grow with the latest figures showing 48,713 outstanding cases.

“We urge the Ministry of Justice and HMCTS to ensure that it is making maximum use of normal court hours and the existing court estate, quickly take up further building space and avoid any restrictions on judges sitting while there are court rooms (real, virtual or Nightingale) available.

“Investing in legal aid for early advice and legal representation would help resolve cases where the defendant pleads, or where charges are dropped, and ensure judicial time is used as efficiently as possible in cases which do go to trial.”

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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