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Suzanne Townley

News Editor, Solicitors Journal

Super courtroom opens

Super courtroom opens


It is hoped the super courtroom will help clear the backlog exacerbated by the pandemic

Manchester Crown Court has opened a ‘super courtroom’ – three times the size of a usual courtroom – which allows for trials with up to 12 defendants. This will create the space needed to get through the backlog of these types of cases – known as multi-handers and often gang related – which have built up recently due to social distancing requirements. Prior to the expansion, a 12-defendant trial would have utilised two or three courtrooms, sometimes for several weeks. A second super courtroom is planned for Loughborough Magistrates.