The Lord Chancellor has announced the locations of 10 ‘Nightingale Courts’, which have been set up to tackle the backlog of cases due to covid-19.

The temporary courts will begin hearing cases from next week in the hope they can alleviate pressure on the court system in England and Wales, including civil, family and tribunals work as well as non-custodial crime cases.

The move is hoped to free up room in existing courts to hear other cases, including custodial jury trials, which require cells and secure dock facilities to keep the public, victims and witnesses safe.

The Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC, pledged that the new courts would “help boost capacity across our courts and tribunals - reducing...

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