Guidance

Courts and tribunals additional capacity during coronavirus outbreak: Nightingale courts

This page holds a list of additional facilities opening to support the courts and tribunals estate during the coronavirus outbreak.

HMCTS is using additional venues to provide increased estates capacity in response to the coronavirus outbreak. These venues have been referred to as ‘Nightingale courts’. They will be used on a temporary basis to ensure as many hearings as possible can continue to take place during the coronavirus outbreak. This page shows the sites that are open and will be updated and published as new sites become operational.

Open Nightingale courts

The additional facilities which are currently open are detailed in the list on this page.

Site Address Opening date Business being heard
1 East Pallant House East Pallant Chichester PO19 1TY Monday 20 July 2020 Civil work from Worthing County Court and family work from Worthing Family Court
2 Prospero House 241 Borough High Street London SE1 1GA Monday 3 August 2020 Non-custodial crime work from Southwark Crown Court. Prospero House - venue and contact information (PDF, 319KB, 2 pages)
3 Middlesbrough Town Hall Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ Monday 17 August 2020 Civil work from Middlesbrough County Court (which forms part of Teesside Combined Court)
4 Swansea Civic Centre Swansea Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN Monday 17 August 2020 Crime work from Swansea Crown Court
5 Telford Annex Telford Annex, Telford Square, Malinsgate, Telford, Shropshire TF3 4JP Monday 17 August 2020 Civil and Family work, serving as an annex of Telford Justice Centre
6 Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France MOJ, 102 Petty France MOJ, London SW1H 9AJ Monday 24 August 2020 Family work from East and West London Family Courts
7 Former Fleetwood Magistrates’ Court Former Fleetwood Magistrates’ Court building at The Esplanade, Fleetwood, FY7 6AT Monday 24 August 2020 Civil work from Blackpool Magistrates’ and Civil Court
8 Cloth Hall Court, Leeds Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds LS1 2HA Friday 28 August 2020 Civil work from Leeds Combined Court
9 Knight’s Chamber, Peterborough Cathedral Peterborough Cathedral: Knights Chamber, Peterborough Cathedral Visitor and Learning Centre, 25 Minster Precincts, Peterborough, PE1 1XZ Friday 28 August 2020 Employment Tribunal and Corporate Crime from Luton Crown Court
10 Salford Lowry Theatre Salford Lowry Theatre Complex, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ Monday 28 September 2020 Non-custodial Crown Court work and tribunals work, from Manchester Crown Court, Manchester Employment Tribunal and Manchester Immigration Tribunal
11 York Hilton 1 Tower Street, York, YO1 9WD Monday 28 September 2020 Family work from York County Court
12 Middlesbrough Jurys Inn Jurys Inn, Fry St, Middlesbrough, TS1 1JH Monday 28 September 2020 Family work from Middlesbrough County Court
13 Bristol Law Society 12 Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4ST Monday 19 October 2020 Civil, Tribunal and non-jury Crown work, as a satellite Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre and Bristol Crown Court
14 Chester Town Hall 33 Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HQ Monday 19 October 2020 Crown court work as a satellite of Chester Crown Court
15 Liverpool, St George’s Hall St George’s Hall, St George’s Place, Liverpool, L1 1JJ Thursday 29 October 2020 Non-custodial magistrates’ work as a satellite of Liverpool Magistrates’ Court
16 Winchester, The Guildhall The Guildhall, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH Thursday 29 October 2020 Civil, Family and Tribunal work as a satellite of Winchester Combined Court
17 Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Library Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP Monday 14 December 2020 Crime work from Birmingham Crown Court
18 Lancaster Town Hall Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PJ Friday 18 December 2020 Magistrates’ and Crown Court work as a satellite of Preston Crown & Lancaster Magistrates’ Court
19 Hull University Kingsley Suite, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull HU6 7RX Monday 11 January 2021 Civil and family work from Kingston upon Hull Combined Court

Hertfordshire Development Centre was open between 17-31 August 2020 to hear civil work from Luton County Court and Watford County Court

We have also published guidance if you’ve been asked to attend a hearing in person at a court or tribunal during the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 3 August 2020
Last updated 11 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Hull university added as a new Nightingale court venue.

  2. Lancaster Town Hall added to list of courts.

  3. Details for Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Library added.

  4. Additional nightingale courts added - Liverpool and Winchester.

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

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

  7. Leeds and Peterborough added to list of venues.

  8. List of nightingale courts updated

  9. List of Nightingale Courts updated.

  10. Prospero House contact and venue details added.

  11. First published.