The courthouse is located on New Street close to the city centre.
The main bus station is located in the Soho car park opposite the Canal Court Hotel approximately a quarter of a mile from the courthouse. The railway station is situated, approximately 2 miles from the courthouse. For information about bus and rail timetables contact Translink on 028 9066 6630 or www.translink.co.uk
There is no car parking at the courthouse, but there is a free car park directly opposite the building. There are two pay and display car parks in close proximity.
The building is open from 9.00am. The office is open to the public from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The courts generally start at 10.30am, 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.
There is a tea bar in the courthouse where vending machines are located, which supply tea/coffee, confectionary and soft drinks. There is also a range of coffee shops and restaurants in the city centre. There is a tannoy system throughout the building. There is a no smoking policy in Newry Courthouse.
There are also designated waiting rooms for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses and child witnesses in Newry Courthouse, as well as facilities for witnesses to give evidence by way of video link.
The staff in the main office on the ground floor will help with any queries you may have. There are notice boards outside each courtroom, which display lists of the daily business. 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.
If you have a disability or a special need, please contact the Disability Liaison Officer who will provide you with information on the facilities available. We will discuss evacuation procedures with you and if a Personal Emergency Evacuation plan is required in the event of an emergency evacuation of the building. Courtrooms 1 & 2 in Newry have induction loop systems, and there is a loop system at Reception and at the General Office counter. Our leaflets can also be made available in large print.
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.
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.
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.
For further information on Newry courthouse please contact:
The Customer Service Officer,
23 New Street,
Newry BT35 6JD
Telephone: 030 0200 7812
Facsimile: 028 3025 4244
This information sheet will be made available in a range of alternative formats. Requests for alternative formats should be made to Central Management Team. For further information on other courthouses please contact:
NI Courts and Tribunals Service
Central Management Team
Belfast BT1 3LA
Telephone: 030 0200 7812
Facsimile: 028 9072 8945
The Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service is committed to improving its quality of service to all court users. By making comments about our services, you enable us to improve them. By making a complaint, you enable us to put things right.