Useful Information Strabane Courthouse

Location

The courthouse is located on The Derry Road, a short distance from the town centre.

Transport

Buses arrive and depart from the new Bus Depot at Bradley Way which is approximately 20 minutes walk from the town centre. Local service buses also come into the town. For information about the bus timetable contact Translink on 028 9066 6630 or www.translink.co.uk

Car parking

There is no car parking at the courthouse, but there are a number of public car parks in the town centre.

Opening hours

The building is open from 9.00am on days when courts are sitting. The office is open to the public from 9.30am to 4.30pm on days when courts are sitting. Further details of court sitting days can be found on our website at: www.courtsni.gov.uk. The courts generally start at 10.00am, stopping for lunch around 1.00pm and resuming at 2.00pm, until the daily business is finished. The office is open for fine payment or other business during lunch.

Refreshment & other facilities

Refreshment facilities are available at the courthouse and there is a range of coffee shops and restaurants in the town centre. There is a payphone outside Court 1 and a tannoy system throughout the building. There is a no smoking policy in Strabane Courthouse.

Witness & Child waiting area

A room can be made available for vulnerable or intimidated, or child witnesses whilst they are waiting to give evidence. If this facility is required, please contact the Customer Service Officer in advance.

Help and information

The staff in the main office on the ground floor will help with any queries you may have. There are notice boards outside both courtrooms, which display lists on court days. If you require additional information or need to meet someone on arrival, you can get help from the reception desk or court office which will be available from 9.30am each court day. If you have not already done so, you may wish to contact a solicitor before coming to court.
Please note that you must attend court at the time you have been given, although you may not be called until after this. If you feel you have been waiting too long, please contact a court official.

Do you have a disability or a special need?

If you have a disability or a special need, please contact the Customer Service Officer who will provide you with information on the facilities available. Court 1 in Strabane has an induction loop system.

Mobile Phones and Photographic equipment

Care must be taken in the use of mobile phones whilst in the precincts of the court. It is prohibited to use any photographic or recording device within the court building and the area immediately surrounding it. Some mobile phones are capable of performing this function and therefore you are advised not to use mobile phones for this purpose whilst attending court. Mobile phones must be switched off before entering a courtroom.

Note Taking in Court

Anyone wishing to take notes in court must obtain the judge's prior permission.

Witness Service

If you are a victim or witness for the prosecution, Victim Support Northern Ireland offers a Witness Service at all the Crown and Magistrate' Courts.

Before the Trial: opportunity to talk to someone; pre-trial familiarisation visit to court; information on court procedures.

During the Trial: safe waiting area; liaison with court officers and legal representatives; arrangements for witnesses with special needs; accompanying witnesses into court.

After the Trial: preparing victims for case outcome; encouraging continued contact with Victim Support Community Service; referral on to other agencies.

Giving Evidence

If you are aged 14 or over and have to give evidence in court, you will be required either to take a religious oath or 'affirm' that you will tell the truth. The court clerk will ask you which method you want to use, and invite you to repeat after them the appropriate words. A religious oath is a sworn promise to tell the truth and is made on a holy book. An affirmation is a declaration to tell the truth but it is not sworn on a holy book.

Contact information

For further information on Strabane courthouse please contact:

The Customer Service Officer
The Courthouse,
Derry Road,
Strabane BT82 8DT
Telephone: 028 7138 2544
Facsimile: 028 7138 3209
Email: strabanecourthouse@courtsni.gov.uk

Alternatively, the Customer Service Officer can be contacted at:

The Courthouse,
High Street,
Omagh BT78 1DU
Telephone: 028 8224 2056
Facsimile: 028 8225 1198
Email: omaghcourthouse@courtsni.gov.uk

This information sheet will be made available in a range of alternative formats. Requests for alternative formats should be made to Communications Group. For further information on other courthouses please contact:

NI Courts and Tribunals Service Communications Group
Laganside House,
Oxford Street,
Belfast BT1 3LA
Telephone: 028 9032 8594
Facsimile: 028 9072 8942
Email: communicationsgroup@courtsni.gov.uk
www.courtsni.gov.uk

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