CAMBRIDGE CROWN COURT MOVES TO NEW PREMISES
2 Jun 2004 04:15 PM
Cambridge's Crown Court moves to new premises on Monday 7 June.
The new court, which is on East Road, has three courtrooms, modern
facilities, separate waiting areas for prosecution and defence,
segregated circulation routes and the latest IT equipment. There is
capacity to meet future workload demands.
It will improve services for victims and witnesses of crime, and ease
the burden on courts throughout the eastern region. Other criminal
justice agencies including the police, the Crown Prosecution Service
and the Probation Service - will be housed in the building.
Sir Ron de Witt, Chief Executive of the unified courts agency, said:
"The move to the new Crown Court is timely as it comes at a time when
there is real need for expansion in the region. The increased
capacity and modern facilities will enable more cases to be heard and
reduce delays in trials. The new Crown Court's proximity to the new
County Court will help court users who need to commute between the
Court Service Group Manager, Mike Littlewood, said:
"Today's move is a very important step for the people in
Cambridgeshire and will enhance court services in the area. The
building has been designed with the aim of improving facilities for
victims and witnesses of crime who often find attending court
difficult and distressing."
Notes to Editors
1. The building is part of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI)
contract by Modern Courts (East Anglia) Limited (formed by Mowlem PLC
and Innesfree - a major city equity investor) to construct and manage
new court buildings in Cambridge and Ipswich for a 25 year term.
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