Courts to use town hall facilities
7 September 2016
Court cases are to be heard in Kendal’s Town Hall on a handful of dates over the next four months.
In January the town hall was used as a temporary court after the magistrates’ court in Kendal was hit by flooding in December.
Officials from the court service worked with staff at South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) and Kendal Town Council to arrange the temporary court facilities to enable the service to continue in Kendal.
From this week the district council chamber at Kendal Town Hall will again be used to test its suitability for hearing certain types of civil and criminal cases.
The first case at Kendal Town Hall is due to take place tomorrow (Thursday, 8 September), with further court sittings at the town hall on 6 and 20 October, 3 and 22 November and 20 December.
All cases have been reviewed individually by the court service and only those suitable will be heard at the council buildings. Custody cases, youth court or cases involving anyone coming from prison will not be heard at the town hall.
Court security staff will be checking people going in and out of the court areas while they are in operation in the council buildings.
Members of the public may find that access to some areas of the town hall building may be partially restricted on these dates, but all existing bookings and meetings scheduled for the town hall are being accommodated and staff at SLDC have been informed about the temporary court arrangements.
At Kendal Town Hall the courts will be using the district council chamber, chairman’s room, town council chamber and Bindloss Room.