Regulation & Government

Nightingale set to open its fifth court in Warwick

A hotel in Warwick joins other temporary courts located in Birmingham, Nottingham, Telford and Wolverhampton in efforts to increase capacity and tackle the impact of Covid on the criminal justice system

A fifth Nightingale court will open its doors in Warwick in a bid to speed up justice in the region, the Ministry of Justice announced.

The new Warwick site, located off the M40, will begin hearing cases this month.

The hotel’s conference room usually hosts weddings and receptions but will provide two Crown courtrooms for jury trials involving burglary and drug offences.

Warwick’s new court reportedly comes equipped with the “latest technology rolled out at speed” by the HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). This means parties in the case can appear remotely by video where appropriate, to avoid delays to proceedings.

The announcement forms part of the action taken since the start of the pandemic to ensure UK courts can recover from the pandemic and tackle delays. 

This action includes setting up Nightingale courtrooms across the country to increase capacity and ensure more trials can be heard, with £14m having been invested into Nightingale courts across the country so far.

Combined, the temporary courts have reportedly delivered “hundreds of sitting days” during the pandemic in a bid to help minimise delays for victims, witnesses and defendants.

HMCTS and the Ministry have made a commitment to extend 32 Crown courtrooms that deal with criminal trials until March 2022.

James Cartlidge MP, courts minister, said: “The new Warwick Nightingale court will provide vital additional courtrooms to give people in the Midlands faster access to justice.

“We have already pumped £14m into temporary courts across the country to increase capacity and will continue to help the criminal justice system recover from the pandemic, deliver swifter justice and support victims.”

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