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Temporary Nightingale courts and extra court capacity

A list of additional courtrooms set up to support the justice system.

We use additional venues to hold as many hearings as possible in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Some of these venues are known as ‘Nightingale courts’.

Additional venues are set up on a temporary basis where there is a local need for extra court capacity and the venue is available.

This page shows the sites currently in use by region and will be updated as new sites open and others close.

London

Court Type of work Nightingale court Other venue Number of courtrooms
Central Criminal Court Crime including jury trials CCT Venues Barbican, Aldersgate House, 135-137 Aldersgate Street, London, EC1A 4JA   2
Croydon Crown Court Crime including jury trials Croydon Jury’s Inn, Wellesley Road, Croydon CR0 9XY   2
East London Family Court and West London Family Court Family work Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France MOJ, London SW1H 9AJ   4
Inner London Crown Court Crime including jury trials   Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London WC2A 2LL 2
Snaresbrook Crown Court, Harrow Crown Court, Isleworth Crown Court and Central Criminal Court Crime including jury trials Monument, 8 Eastcheap, London EC3M 1AE   2
Southwark Crown Court Crime including jury trials Prospero House, 241 Borough High Street London SE1 1GA   3
Wood Green Crown Court Crime including jury trials   The Court House, The Hyde, Hendon NW9 7BY 4

Midlands

Court Type of work Nightingale court Other venue Number of courtrooms
Birmingham Civil and Family Justice Centre Civil and family Birmingham Maple House, 150 Corporation Street Birmingham B4 6TB   2
Birmingham Crown Court Crime including jury trials Birmingham Maple House, 150 Corporation Street Birmingham B4 6TB   2
Nottingham Crown Court Crime including jury trials Mercure Nottingham Sherwood Hotel, 296 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG5 2BT   2
Telford Justice Centre Civil and family Telford Annex, Telford Square, Malinsgate, Telford, Shropshire TF3 4JP   3
Warwick Crown Court Crime including jury trials M40 J15 Warwick Hotel, Stratford Road, Warwick CV34 6RE   2
Wolverhampton Combined Court Crime including jury trials Wolverhampton Park Hall Hotel, Park Drive Goldthorn Park Wolverhampton WV4 5AJ   2

North East

Court Type of work Nightingale court Other venue Number of courtrooms
Leeds Combined Court Civil and crime Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds LS1 2HA   3
Middlesbrough County Court Civil and family Jurys Inn, Fry St, Middlesbrough, TS1 1JH   2

North West

Court Type of work Nightingale court Other venue Number of courtrooms
Blackpool Magistrate’ Court Civil Former Fleetwood Magistrates’ Court, The Esplanade, Fleetwood, FY7 6AT   2
Bolton Crown Court Crime including jury trials University of Bolton Stadium, Burnden Way, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6JW   1
Chester Crown Court Crime including jury trials Chester Crowne Plaza, Trinity St, Chester, CH1 2BD   2
Liverpool Crown Court Crime including jury trials Hilton Liverpool City Centre, 3 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool L1 8LW   1
Manchester Crown Court Crime including jury trials   Stockport Magistrates’ Court, The Courthouse, Edward Street, Stockport SK1 3NF 1
    Manchester Hilton, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ   2

South East

Court Type of work Nightingale court Other venue Number of courtrooms
Lewes Combined Court Centre Crime including jury trials Former Chichester Crown Court, Southgate, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1SX   2
Luton Crown Court Crime including jury trials, Employment Tribunal Peterborough Cathedral: Knights Chamber, Peterborough Cathedral Visitor and Learning Centre, 25 Minster Precincts, Peterborough, PE1 1XZ   1
Maidstone Combined Court Centre Crime including jury trials Mercure Maidstone, Great Danes Hotel, Hollingbourne, Maidstone ME17 1RE   2

South West

Court Type of work Nightingale court Other venue Number of courtrooms
Gloucester Crown Court Crime including jury trials Former Cirencester Magistrates’ Court, The Forum, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2PG   2
Southampton Combined Court Tribunals   The Courts of Justice, London Road, Southampton SO15 2XQ 2
Winchester Combined Court Civil, family and tribunals The Guildhall, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH   3

Wales

Court Type of work Nightingale court Other venue Number of courtrooms
Swansea Crown Court Crime including jury trials Swansea Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN   1
Published 3 August 2020
Last updated 8 November 2021 + show all updates
  1. Second Warwick Nightingale court opened.

  2. M40 J15 Warwick Hotel added to list of venues.

  3. Agreement to use York Hilton comes to an end.

  4. New location at Monument added.

  5. Addtional courtroom at Leeds Cloth Hall.

  6. Additonal crime venue opened in Leeds.

  7. Salford Lowry Nightingale court is closing as venue hire contract comes to an end.

  8. Nightingale courts at Preston North End Footbal Club and Taunton County Court no longer in use.

  9. Nightingale venue licence agreements in Birmingham, Lancaster, Middlesbrough, Hull and Stafford ended.

  10. Nightingale added for Chester Crown Court at Chester Crowne Plaza.

  11. Added number of courtrooms in each venue.

  12. Lancaster Town Hall added for Preston Combined Court and Lancaster Magistrates' Court.

  13. Maidstone Mercure Hotel added.

  14. Preston North End Football Club added.

  15. Lancaster Town Hall temporarily closed until after 2021 local elections.

  16. Former Chichester Crown Court building added.

  17. Bristol Law Society Nightingale court closed on 31 March 2021.

  18. University of Bolton Stadium added to list.

  19. Updated to add Nottingham Mercure information to the table.

  20. Croydon, Hilton and Wolverhampton venues added.

  21. East Pallant House has closed and is no longer a Nightingale court.

  22. Maple House and CCT Venues Barbican added.

  23. Added Manchester Hilton Deansgate.

  24. Taunton Shire Hall added to list.

  25. Stafford Shire Hall added to list of Nightingale courts.

  26. Former Cirencester Magistrates' Court added to list of Nightingale courts.

  27. Hull university added as a new Nightingale court venue.

  28. Lancaster Town Hall added to list of courts.

  29. Details for Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Library added.

  30. Additional nightingale courts added - Liverpool and Winchester.

  31. Bristol Law Society and Chester Town Hall added as locations.

  32. New venues added: Salford Lowry Theatre, York Hilton and Middlesbrough Jurys Inn.

  33. Leeds and Peterborough added to list of venues.

  34. List of nightingale courts updated

  35. List of Nightingale Courts updated.

  36. Prospero House contact and venue details added.

  37. First published.