Eight new ‘Nightingale Courts’ introduced as a part of plans to deal with COVID-19 influence on justice system

The Lowry Theatre — picture credit score: Nathan Chandler

A theatre in Salford which was pressured to shut its doorways in response to the coronavirus pandemic is to be turned briefly into an actual working court docket.

The Lowry Theatre has been chosen as certainly one of eight new ‘Nightingale Courts’ to assist deal with the large backlog of instances created by the pandemic. The attention-catching venue will hear non-custodial crime instances, in addition to civil, household and tribunals work, the federal government confirmed yesterday in a press release.

The transfer will present a a lot wanted supply of earnings for the theatre and artwork gallery and assist help its deliberate programme of Christmas exhibits, together with The Gruffalo and Six, the musical retelling the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII. In January, the constructing additionally performed host to Authorized Cheek‘s LegalEdCon North.

Different venues introduced yesterday embrace the Jury’s Inn Middlesbrough and the Hilton Lodge in York. An extra 5 websites situated in Bristol, Cirencester, Chester, Liverpool and Winchester, can be confirmed within the coming weeks, the federal government stated.

The Lowry Theatre — picture credit score: Nathan Chandler

The Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC MP stated: “We’re starting to see optimistic indicators because of the exhausting work of everybody working in our system — with the variety of excellent instances in magistrates’ courts now falling on account of the measures now we have launched.”

He continued:

“However we should hold going if we’re to get our courts again in control. These further eight Nightingale Courts will additional enhance our efforts to extend capability — decreasing delays and delivering speedier justice for all.”

The federal government introduced its first short-term courts earlier this summer season, together with Middlesbrough City Corridor, the Knights’ Chamber inside the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral, and the Ministry of Justice’s headquarters in London.

North of the border they’re taking comparable steps, with the Scottish authorities saying plans earlier this month to host socially-distanced jury trials in cinemas.