Going to court is stressful and difficult, no matter why you have to go. Below is a brief guide that can help you if you have to go to Newcastle family court; it tells you everything you need to know, from where it is and how to get there, to what going to a court is like. If you need further family law advice, contact us today.
Where Is Newcastle Family Court?
Newcastle’s family court is in Newcastle-upon-Tyne Combined Court Centre. You can find the Court Centre at the City Council building, coming from the Sandyford Rd roundabout from the north. Its address is:
Newcastle Civil & Family Courts and Tribunals Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne
For enquiries about family public law following a paper process, call 0191 205 8750 (following a digital process for case numbers starting with C5, call 0330 808 4424). The email address for family law cases is [email protected].
How to Get to Newcastle Divorce Court
If you’re walking, the Court Centre is in the heart of the city. Newcastle University campus is a few minutes to the west, as is Northumbria University to the south. You can find it at the north end of Northumberland Street. Any bus that takes you towards Haymarket will get you nearby.
If you take the Metro, the Court Centre is a minute’s walk from Haymarket station. The Jesmond stop is around five minutes’ walk from the north.
If you drive to the Court Centre, you can park at Sandyford Square (Civic Centre) car park. Alternatively, you could park at the NCP Car Park Newcastle Newbridge Street just to the south, Ellison Place Car Park, or many other car parks within a five-minute walk.
What’s It Like to Go to Newcastle Combined Court Centre?
How to prepare. When you go to court, bring your hearing letter and case number, any papers you need for your hearing, and something to eat and drink (with the exception of alcohol). If you’re not sure what you need to bring, talk to your lawyer.
If the hearing will require you to meet your partner, prepare yourself for this so that you can remain calm and collected. Even aside from that you might find court a difficult, awkward or intimidating experience—but an experienced lawyer can help you through it.
You can wear what you want, although it is encouraged that you dress smartly. The only exception is that you can’t wear anything on your head except for religious reasons.
Arriving at the court. Be clear on how you’re going to get to the court before the day itself, so that you’re properly prepared. You should ideally arrive 30 minutes before the time stated on your hearing letter. Depending on the order in which the cases are seen, you may have to wait a while.
When you get to court, your bags and pockets will be checked like they would be at an airport. That’s because there are certain things you aren’t allowed to bring into the court, like weapons and alcohol. Unlike at an airport, however, you can have your things back when you leave.
In the hearing. Put your phone on silent, and don’t take any photos and videos. The first thing you’ll have to do is stand when a member of staff says ‘all rise’, which means that the judge/magistrate is about to enter the room. You’ll be told when it’s your turn to speak and what you have to do. Again, this can be nerve-wracking, but your lawyer will be there with you.
Contact Stowe Family Law Today
We’re Stowe Family Law, the only national law firm dedicated to family matters with the UK’s largest team of specialist family lawyers and an office in the heart of the city of Newcastle.
At Stowe, we work hard to make family law easier to understand and know that each case we handle across the North East is unique - each one needing tailored support and handled with care.
In choosing Stowe family law Newcastle, clients are guided through the process with empathy and care and the reassurance that they have the right team of people by their side.
With offices across the UK, we practice all areas of family law and support people in the Newcastle area going through a family breakdown to move forward in life from a position of renewed strength.
So, if you need the best lawyers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, contact Stowe Family Law today, request a free call back or call us at 01914 390808. Our Newcastle family solicitors office can be found at Stowe Family Law LLP, City Quadrant, 2nd Floor, 11 Waterloo St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4DP.
Sarah advises in all aspects of family law and has experience of divorce cases involving substantial income and capital as well as businesses and trust structures. She also advises on child law, cohabitation and nuptial agreements.