More courts to speed up justice

More courts to speed up justice

The Government has said there will be ‘More courts to speed up justice’ with the announcement of 14 more temporary courtrooms and a first ‘super courtroom’ to hear large, complex cases. 

Manchester Hilton hotel, and event spaces in London and Birmingham are among the next 14 venues to be confirmed and will be transformed into so-called ‘Nightingale courts’ – helping to reduce delays and deliver speedier justice for victims while also providing a financial boost to the venues. 

The sites will hear mostly non-custodial Crown Court cases, with the total number of Nightingale courtrooms set up across the country to enable more socially distanced trials increasing to 60 by the end of March 2021.

Ministers have also confirmed that a ‘super courtroom’ will be created at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square to deal with so-called ‘multi-hander’ cases, which typically require more space as they involve multiple defendants being tried together – such as gang murder trials.

You can find the full announcement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-courts-to-speed-up-justice

You can find the full list of open Nightingale Courts here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/courts-and-tribunals-additional-capacity-during-coronavirus-outbreak-nightingale-courts

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