Posted on 30th June 2021 at 14:33
At least five Nightingale courts will shut this week, despite calls from the legal profession for more court capacity.
Temporary courts in Birmingham, Hull, Lancaster, Middlesbrough and Stafford will close at the end of June. HM Courts & Tribunals Service said it will consider alternative venues in locations where an ‘operational need remains’.
Law Society president, Stephanie Boyce said: ‘We’ve been saying for some time that government must maximise existing court capacity as we emerge from lockdown and boost capacity through many more Nightingale courts in order to increase the amount of jury trials that can safely take place, enabling access to justice for victims, witnesses and defendants.’