The Civil Justice Centre houses Manchester County Court and Family Court Hearing Centre.
The modern glass structure was completed in 2007 and its distinctive architecture has been nicknamed the "filing cabinet". The building has 14 floors and 47 courtrooms. From higher floors panoramic views can be seen across Manchester and beyond.

Areas of law covered at the Civil Justice Centre include: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Children, Civil partnership, Divorce and Domestic violence.

We have a specialist legal learning team who deliver courtroom activities within the Civil Justice Centre and will introduce groups to the building and what happens here. Step into these modern working courtrooms to learn more about the fascinating world of the English and Welsh justice system.

The professional environment of the courts, coupled with our interactive and thought provoking activities, really do make for a unique and engaging learning experience.


Opening Times

Mon - Fri

9:00am - 5:00pm

Closed

Weekends, Bank holidays


How to find us

Civil Justice Centre

1 Bridge Street West
Manchester
M60 9DJ


How to book

During an educational visit, groups can explore and discover the Civil Justice Centre, learn more about the different legal cases which are heard here and explore roles in a court room.

We offer a range of activities for students from Primary to University level.

Please click here to find out more about our courtroom workshops in Manchester and Bolton

Click here for full booking details

Prices

  • 2 hour courtroom workshop: £7.50 per student
  • 1 hour Court Talk and Tour: Adults £11.50

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All activities must be pre-booked and payment made in advance.
Session times are either 10.30-12.30 or 13.00-15.00

Once you’re ready to book your educational visit please call 0115 9939 811 or email education@nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk

See full booking terms and conditions here


Access information

The Civil Justice Centre is located in Spinnignfields in Manchester and is easy to reach via public transport.

The building is DDA (Disability Disabled Act) compliant however we must be made aware of any access requirements in advance of your group visit so we can cater for your needs. Please contact us on 0115 9939 811 or e-mail education@nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk to discuss this.

Facilities:
Hearing loop (in certain spaces - we cannot guarantee a courtroom with hearing loops to be available), Accessible toilets

Read our full access statement here

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General information for educational visits

We can take bookings up to a year in advance but due to demand we may not always be able to accommodate your first choice. Our minimum booking number is 20 students. Your group may consist of fewer than 20 but you will be charged for 20 as a minimum. Exceptions may apply for SEN schools and other alternative provision groups. Please speak to the team. We have a maximum capacity of 25 -30 learners per workshop.

The building consists of working courts and trials take place during the day. Therefore, we ask all groups to respect the building and staff, keep noise to a minimum and not to run in corridors.

On arrival, groups will be asked to pass through normal security procedures at the court buildings (similar to airport security).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book in advance? All educational visits led by our team must be pre-booked.

How long do I allow for a visit? 2 hours for a courtroom workshop.

Where can I park? Unfortunately, we do not have parking on site.

Can you recommend any good coach companies?

Tyrers of Adlington Coaches - www.tyrerscoaches.co.uk

Blue Ribbon Network - www.blueribbonnetwork.co.uk

Are you allowed to bring cameras and camcorders? No you are not allowed to bring cameras and camcorders to the Courts. However, we have received special permission for teachers to take photographs using mobile phones/IPADs only in the court room workshop. Mobile phones should not be used to take photographs of any public procedures, legal professionals or live cases in any of the public areas of the courts such as walkways or waiting areas.

Are there any spaces to each lunch or leave our bags? Unfortunately there is nowhere for groups to have lunch on site. We can however, sometimes arrange for groups to use spaces at nearby partner museums. Your bags and coats must be kept with you at all times.