There will be a reduced number of court sittings in both the Magistrates and Crown courts.
- Stratford MC will operate a single court daily dealing with Olympic Overnight charges, Newham borough arrests (which will include Newham BTP arrests) Newham adult and youth overnight charges
- Youth Remands - An additional single Court (Youth Court) will operate at Stratford on two Wednesdays during the Games period (ie. 1/8/12 and 8/8/12) dealing with Youth Olympic offences.
- Thames MC will operate two courts daily dealing with (a) overnights for Tower hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest boroughs (b) Bailed from Tower hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Newham boroughs where this is unavoidable (ie. police will aim to bail suspects outside the games period in the first instance)
- A Saturday court will run at Thames MC on 21/7/12
- Highbury MC will deal with East London Custody priority trials in a single additional court room at Highbury. BTP cases from Westminster will also be dealt with at Highbury.
- Westminster MC will operate fewer courtrooms and will focus on dealing with overnight charges.
- City of London MC will operate fewer courtrooms and will focus on dealing with overnight charges.
- Hammersmith MC will deal with Westminster’s bail cases as well as out-of-hours PACE applications. Hammersmith will also sit on 3 Saturdays during the period instead of Westminster
South East London:
- Greenwich MC will close given its close proximity to an Olympic Route Network
- Bromley MC will deal with Greenwich work (via video link)
- Bexley MC will deal with Greenwich work (in person)
- Gateway traffic trials will not be listed during the Games period at City of London, Waltham Forest and Bromley
All other magistrates’ courts will operate at normal levels for the summer season and pragmatic decisions will be taken at the time should there be a further need for any adjustment to sittings.
All Olympic offences which fit the CJS Olympics offence definition and are committed or sent to the Crown Court from 1st July to 14th October 2012 will be listed as follows:
- Snaresbrook Crown Court – cases arising in the east, north, north east, south and south east London areas for sentence will be listed within 28days at Snaresbrook Crown Court for sentence from 1st July to 14th October 2012. All Olympic offences arising from these areas which are committed to the Crown Court for trial from 1st July to 14th October 2012, will be listed at Snaresbrook CC within 8 days for a preliminary hearing so as to determine the need for fast tracking of cases through the system.
- Kingston Crown Court - All Olympic offences arising from Central London, north west, west and south west London areas and committed to the Crown Court for sentence will be listed within 28days at Kingston Crown Court for sentence from 1st July to 14th October 2012. All Olympic offences arising from these areas which are committed to the Crown Court for trial from 1st July to 14th October 2012, will be listed at Kingston CC within 8days for a preliminary hearing so as to determine the need for fast tracking of cases through the system.
Where cases cannot be fast tracked or disposed off expeditiously at Snaresbrook or Kingston, if appropriate, another court will be nominated for trial on the South East Circuit or if necessary, any court on any other circuit. Careful account and consideration will be given to the interests of justice as a whole including the interests of the victims and witnesses.
The agreed expectation is that all parties will be prepared and in a position at the preliminary hearing to expedite the case robustly so as to avoid a legacy of Olympic cases long after the games have concluded.
Crown Court sitting times
- Snaresbrook CC will sit 6 courts in week one and 5 thereafter
- Southwark CC will sit 5 courts
- Central CC will sit 9 courtsIsleworth CC will sit 8 courts
- Inner London CC will sit 6 courts
- Blackfriars CC will sit 5 -6 courts
- Kingston CC will sit 8-9 courts save for 1/8/12 due to for the cycle time trial event
- Harrow CC will sit 6 courts
- Wood Green CC will sit 6 courts
- Woolwich CC will sit 6 courts
- Croydon CC will sit 8 courts
Virtual Courts and Videolinks
Maximising the use of ‘live links’ is a key priority and is to be used to reduce the movement of prisoners across the capital with a view to optimising the use of prisoner video links and virtual courts.
- Court sitting times for the Virtual Court at Camberwell MC will be adjusted during the period to commence daily at 9.30am
- Cases for sentence will remain at Camberwell until completed, however trials will return to Westminster
- Overflow arrangements: a max 22 cases will be dealt with via the Camberwell Green virtual court link each day, if necessary a further 22 will be deal with via Bromley virtual court link. If there are more than 44 cases, hearing arrangements will revert to production in person at Westminster.
- A virtual court will be run at Camberwell MC on 3 Saturdays from 28th July 2012 (28 Jul, 4 Aug and 11 Aug). West End Central cases will either be dealt with by video link at Camberwell Green, with unsuitable cases and any overflow dealt with as appearances at Hammersmith. Westminster will sit at Hammersmith including dealing with any International Jurisdiction issues.
- Cases dealt with via video link will remain at Camberwell Green / Bromley for sentence but will return to Westminster for trial.