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Nightingale Courts extended to support recovery in justice system

The Ministry of Justice has announced a list of 30 Nightingale Courts which are to remain in action until March 2023. Whilst the majority of the Nightingale Courts are used as Crown court rooms for criminal matters, Nightingale Courts for family law matters are remaining open in Telford, Birmingham and Fleetwood. Negotiations are also ongoing to secure a new two-courtroom venue in London to replace the Nightingale Court at Monument.

The Justice Minister, James Cartlidge, said:

"Nightingale Courts continue to be a valuable weapon in the fight against the pandemic's unprecedented impact on our courts providing temporary extra capacity.

Combined with other measures – such as removing the cap on Crown Court sitting days, more use of remote hearings, and increasing magistrate sentencing powers – we are beginning to see the backlog drop so victims can get the speedier justice they deserve."

For the announcement, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers