Nine more Nightingale courtrooms are due to open by the end of January, with libraries, theatres and town halls to be used for non-custodial cases.

Birmingham Library and Repertory Theatre and Lancaster Town Hall have begun hearing cases from today, and venues in Staffordshire and Cirencester will open in the coming weeks. The new sites will hear non-custodial crime cases, as well as civil, family and tribunals work. Meanwhile, two additional Crown court rooms at the Royal Courts of Justice will be available from 11 January.