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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, 23 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:
- Bristol Law Society
- Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Library
- Chester Town Hall
- East Pallant House
- Former Cirencester Magistrates’ Court
- Former Fleetwood Magistrates’ Court
- Hull University
- Lancaster Town Hall
- Leeds, Cloth Hall Court
- Liverpool, St George’s Hall
- Manchester Hilton
- Middlesbrough Town Hall
- Middlesbrough, Jury’s Inn
- Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France
- Peterborough Cathedral, Knight’s Chamber
- Prospero House
- Salford, Lowry Theatre
- Stafford Shire Hall
- Swansea Council Chambers
- Taunton, Shire Hall
- 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 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 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.”
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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
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