Work to bring the civil, family and tribunal hearings into one accessible building at the Civic Centre found in Newcastle city centre continues unabated. The new courthouse is expected to open by 2020.

Linda Ventress, HMCTS regional estates strategy lead, said back in November 2018:

“This new court will help provide a modern, fit for purpose building for the people of Newcastle. We are delighted to see the next stage of the project begin and look forward to bringing civil, family and tribunal work into one location, making it easier and more efficient for people to access justice.”

This is the first part of a wider plan for the courts in Newcastle, which will also see the conversion of the existing Newcastle Combined Court into a Criminal Justice Centre.

The government is investing £1bn in reforming courts and tribunals, including making significant improvements to the condition and design of court buildings. This will improve the experience of visiting or working in a court, and lead to better value for taxpayers by reducing operating costs and increasing the efficiency of the estate.