Holiday season – courts and tribunals opening times 2023

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have provided the details of what the courts and tribunals opening times are going to be over the Christmas and New Year bank holidays.

Courts and tribunals will temporarily close on various dates over the Christmas period.

The closure dates for Christmas 2023 and New Year 2024 are:

  • Monday 25 December 2023
  • Tuesday 26 December 2023
  • Wednesday 27 December 2023
  • Monday 1 January 2024

Some magistrates’ courts will be open on 26 December 2023 and 1 January 2024, but for remand hearings only.

Closures on Wednesday 27 December 2023 only involve County and Family Courts, Crown Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal (Royal Courts of Justice and Rolls Building) and some tribunals. Magistrates’ courts and our Scotland tribunal offices will open on this day.

In Scotland, our tribunal offices will also be closed on Tuesday 2 January 2023.

Hearings that take place over the Christmas period may take place in person, or via video or telephone. Hearing notices will confirm this.

For more information, contact the relevant court or tribunal directly.

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