Nottingham Magistrates' Court

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Nottingham Magistrates' Court

Nottingham Magistrates' Court is a Magistrates' Court in Nottingham, England.


Until 1996, Nottingham Magistrates were housed in two separate buildings, the Guildhall and the Shire Hall.

In 1996, all magistrates were moved to the new Nottingham Magistrates' Court building,[1] and the old buildings were closed.

The Shire Hall subsequently was converted into the Galleries of Justice. The Nottingham Guildhall is occupied by Nottingham City Council.


The building was designed by the Nottingham County Council Architect's Department with William Saunders Partnership and Cullen, Carter and Hill.[2] It sits on the site of Nottingham Carrington Street railway station and the gateposts still frame the pathway from Carrington Street to the court.

There are 18 court rooms in the main block, with 6 court rooms in the Youth and Family block.

The complex of buildings also includes the Bridewell Police Station.

The Midland Railway goods shed dating from 1874 was rebuilt to form car parking for the court complex.

Notable Magistrates[edit]

Thomas Adams; lace manufacturer (5 February 1807 – 16 May 1873)

William Frederick Webb; High Sherriff of Nottingham (1829–1899)

Sir Thomas Isaac Birkin, 1st Baronet JP DL; lace manufacturer (15 February 1831 – 16 January 1922)

Sir John Tom McCraith; Conservative and Unionist politician (1847 – 5 December 1919)

Sir Arthur Black; Liberal Party politician (28 February 1863 – 13 July 1947)

Sir Albert Ball JP; former Mayor of Nottingham (20 July 1863 – 27 March 1946)

Sir Douglas McCraith JP; Conservative politician (1 January 1878 – 16 September 1952)

Robert Evans JP; English architect (11 November 1832 - 19 July 1911)

Eric Irons OBE JP; the United Kingdom's first black magistrate (1921–2007)

Colin Slater MBE; BBC Sports commentator (born 1934)

Dr Brian Sherratt OBE JP; political scientist (born 1942)

Paula Christine Hammond MBE JP; British businesswoman (13 March 1944 – 25 March 2017)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Architects' journal, Volume 218, 2003
  2. ^ Pevsner Architectural Guides. Nottingham. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-12666-2.

Coordinates: 52°56′50″N 1°08′58″W / 52.94722°N 1.14944°W / 52.94722; -1.14944