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The Shire Hall
Crown Court location code:
County Court location code:
98410 Taunton 2

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Important information

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the court telephone service will be available between 08:30 and 16:00hrs only. It may take longer than usual to answer telephone enquiries. Counter service is currently suspended.

Additional Information

From Monday 30 March we are changing the way we are working to further minimise risk to all of our staff and users.  

This building will be temporarily closed for face to face hearings and will only open for staff.

We will contact you about alternative arrangements if you have a case scheduled and are working to do this as soon as possible.

Changes to the way we work from Monday 30 March 2020


Opening hours


Phone numbers

County Court:
(County & Family enquiries)
Crown Court:
(Witness Service)

Building facilities

If you have a disability and need help coming to a hearing, please contact the court or tribunal to make sure the facilities meet your specific needs or to discuss a reasonable adjustment you need.

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    There are no parking facilities at this building, however paid off-site parking is available within 500m of the Court, Crescent car park, Tangier car park, Enfield car park. There is limited parking on site for blue badge holders.

  • Disabled access icon

    This building has level access to the building entrance, and court room.


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    Assistance dogs are welcome.

  • Loop Hearing icon

    The building has hearing enhancement facilities available by prior arrangement.  Please contact the Court office by telephone or email if necessary.

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    1. For safety and security, all users and their possessions will be searched by security when they enter this building. We have a security arch. Please alert the security officer if you have pacemaker.

  • Lift icon

    Lifts are available in this building to access the first floor.

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    Available on the ground floor

  • Disabled toilet icon

    Available on the ground floor and first floor.

  • Refreshments icon

    Hot and cold drinks vending machines are available on the ground floor.

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    Consultation rooms are available at this court

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    1. This building has a public waiting area on the ground floor and a separate witness waiting area. Please ask for details.

    2. This building has a public waiting area outside each court or hearing room.

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    Baby changing facilities are available in the disabled toilets on the ground floor


  • Video facilities icon

    1. Court/hearing room video conferencing facilities and prison to court video link facilities are available (by prior arrangement).

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    Wi-Fi is available to criminal professional users only.

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    1. Support for witnesses is available from the Citizens Advice witness service