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Short Update: 10 ‘Nightingale Courts’ unveiled in England & Wales

Lord Chancellor announces locations for 10 ‘Nightingale Courts’ which have been rapidly set up to tackle the impact of coronavirus on the justice system.  

Middlesbrough Town Hall, the Knights’ Chamber within the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral, and the Ministry of Justice’s headquarters in London are among the venues that will soon be in use. 

The 10 sites will host the so-called Nightingale Courts with ongoing work to identify more potential locations. This will start to alleviate the pressure on courts and tribunals resulting from the pandemic – ensuring that the wheels of justice keep turning. 

They will predominantly hear civil and family cases but also some non-custodial crime cases. The additional courts have been designated in order that existing court buildings are free for other cases, including custodial crime cases which require cells and secure dock facilities in order to proceed safely.  

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