Chichester Observer

Calls for Chichester Crown Court to reopen for good

30 June 2021

As a vocal campaigner on Chichester's Court provision, Edward Cooke was recently asked to comment on the Chichester Observer's piece on the calls for Chichester Crown Court to reopen for good, following its successful use as a Nightingale Court during the pandemic. 

Edward commented "Although at present the court is open to catch up with a huge backlog of cases, we believe that the Ministry of Justice should make a decision to keep it open permanently, as this is what is desperately needed. The Crown Court building is an iconic, purpose built building which should be retained to meet the needs of the Chichester district and indeed it is vital public service.”

The Crown Court closed in 2018 with the Magistrates’ Court closing in 2016. The Nightingale Court is currently in place and there is no clarity currently when the temporary arrangement will end and what the future holds for Court provision in Chichester.