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.

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

Site Address Opening date Business being heard
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
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)
Hertfordshire Development Centre Hertfordshire Development Centre, Robertson House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, SG1 2FQ Monday 17 August 2020 to 31 August 2020 The site was opend to hear civil work from Luton County Court and Watford County Court
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)
Swansea Civic Centre Swansea Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN Monday 17 August 2020 Crime work from Swansea Crown Court
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
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
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
Cloth Hall Court, Leeds Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds LS1 2HA Friday 28 August 2020 Civil work from Leeds Combined Court
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

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 28 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. Leeds and Peterborough added to list of venues.

  2. List of nightingale courts updated

  3. List of Nightingale Courts updated.

  4. Prospero House contact and venue details added.

  5. First published.