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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 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)
2 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)
3 Swansea Civic Centre Swansea Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN Monday 17 August 2020 Crime work from Swansea Crown Court
4 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
5 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
6 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
7 Cloth Hall Court, Leeds Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds LS1 2HA Friday 28 August 2020 Civil work from Leeds Combined Court
8 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
9 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
10 York Hilton 1 Tower Street, York, YO1 9WD Monday 28 September 2020 Family work from York County Court
11 Middlesbrough Jurys Inn Jurys Inn, Fry St, Middlesbrough, TS1 1JH Monday 28 September 2020 Family work from Middlesbrough County Court
12 Chester Town Hall 33 Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HQ Monday 19 October 2020 Crown court work as a satellite of Chester Crown Court
13 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
14 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
15 Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Library Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP Monday 14 December 2020 Non-custodial crime work from Birmingham Crown Court
16 Lancaster Town Hall Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PJ Friday 18 December 2020 - temporarily closed until after 2021 local elections Magistrates’ and Crown Court work as a satellite of Preston Crown & Lancaster Magistrates’ Court
17 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
18 Former Cirencester Magistrates’ Court The Forum, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2PG Monday 25 January 2021 Non-custodial Crown Court work from Gloucester Crown Court
19 Stafford Shire Hall Market Square, Stafford ST16 2LD Thursday 28 January 2021 Civil and Family work from Stoke Combined Court
20 Taunton County Court and Family Court Shire Hall, Taunton TA1 4EU Wednesday 10 February 2021 Crown and magistrates’ work from Taunton Crown Court and Taunton Magistrates’ Court
21 Manchester Hilton Deansgate 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ Week commencing 15 February 2021 Crown court work from Manchester Crown Court
22 CCT Venues Barbican Aldersgate House, 135-137 Aldersgate Street, London, EC1A 4JA Week commencing 1 March 2021 Crown Court work from Central Criminal Court and across London
23 Birmingham Maple House 150 Corporation Street Birmingham B4 6TB Week commencing 1 March 2021 Non-custodial Crown, plus civil and family work from Birmingham Crown Court and Birmingham Civil and Family Justice Centre
24 Croydon Jury’s Inn Wellesley Road, Croydon CR0 9XY Week commencing 15 March 2021 Crown Court and court appeals work from Croydon Crown Court
25 Hilton Liverpool City Centre 3 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool L1 8LW Week commencing 15 March 2021 Crown Court work from Liverpool Crown Court
26 Wolverhampton Park Hall Hotel Park Drive Goldthorn Park Wolverhampton WV4 5AJ Week commencing 15 March 2021 Non-custodial Crown Court work from Wolverhampton Crown Court
27 Mercure Nottingham Sherwood Hotel 296 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG5 2BT Week commencing 22 March 2021 Crown Court work, serving as a satellite of nearby Nottingham Crown Court
28 University of Bolton Stadium Burnden Way, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6JW Week commencing 29 March 2021 Crown Court work from Bolton Crown Court
29 Former Chichester Crown Court Southgate, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1SX Week commencing 6 April 2021 Crown Court work from Lewes Combined Court Centre
30 Preston North End Football Club Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston, Lancashire PR1 6RU Week commencing 12 April Crown Court work from Preston Crown Court

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

East Pallant House, Chichester was open between 20 July 2020 and 28 February 2021 to hear work from Worthing County and Family Court.

Bristol Law Society was open between Monday 19 October 2020 and Wednesday 31 March 2021 to hear work from Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre, and Bristol 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 13 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Preston North End Football Club added.

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

  3. Former Chichester Crown Court building added.

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

  5. University of Bolton Stadium added to list.

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

  7. Croydon, Hilton and Wolverhampton venues added.

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

  9. Maple House and CCT Venues Barbican added.

  10. Added Manchester Hilton Deansgate.

  11. Taunton Shire Hall added to list.

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

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

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

  15. Lancaster Town Hall added to list of courts.

  16. Details for Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Library added.

  17. Additional nightingale courts added - Liverpool and Winchester.

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

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

  20. Leeds and Peterborough added to list of venues.

  21. List of nightingale courts updated

  22. List of Nightingale Courts updated.

  23. Prospero House contact and venue details added.

  24. First published.