Games to shut half of crown courts
May 7 2012 Almost half of the courtrooms handling the most serious criminal cases in the capital will be closed down by the Olympics, according to official plans.
Crown courts near key venues and travel hotspots will stop sitting or offer only a reduced service during the Games amid fears of travel chaos for victims, jurors and others getting to and from the courts.
Most criminal courts will aim to reduce operating levels as they try to complete any trials before the opening ceremony on July 27.
Of the 138 courtrooms across London's 11 crown courts, only between 72 and 75 of them (52%-54%) will be sitting during the 17 days of the Olympics, plans show.
The new arrangements, which start... read more
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