Court Group Banding

Over the years the Court groupings have developed and there have been a very few instances of Courts changing from one court group to another, although this is extremely rare. The current groupings are set out below.

London 1 City of London: EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4

London 2 Central London: W1, WC1, WC2, SW1

London 3 Outer London: (All other London post codes: W, NW, N, E, SE, SW and Bromley, Croydon, Dartford, Gravesend and Uxbridge)

National 1 Aldershot, Basingstoke, Birkenhead, Birmingham Inner, Bournemouth, Bristol (2 before 2005), Cambridge City, Canterbury, Cardiff (Inner), Chelmsford (South) (2 before 2005), Chester (3 before 2005, then 2 before 2008), Dorset (2 before 2005), Suffolk (East), Epsom, Essex, Fareham, Farnham, Guildford, Hampshire (2 before 2005), Harlow, Isle of Wight (2 before 2005), Kingston, Leeds Inner (within 2 kilometers radius of the City Art Gallery), Lewes, Liverpool, Maidstone, Manchester (Central), Medway, Newcastle City Centre (within a 2 mile radius of St Nicholas Cathedral - 1 mile radius before 2005), Norwich City, Nottingham (City), Oxford (2 before 2005), Poole, Portsmouth, Reigate, Southampton, Swindon, Thames Valley (2 before 2005), Tunbridge Wells, Watford (2 before 2005), Wiltshire (2 before 2005), Winchester

National 2 Altrincham, Bath, Bedford, Bolton, Bury, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge County, Cardiff (Outer), Chelmsford North, Cheltenham, Cheshire, Coventry (3 before 2005), Derbyshire (3 before 2005), Doncaster, Dudley (3 before 2005), Exeter (3 before 2005), Gloucester, Harrogate, Hertford, Hitchin, Hull (City), Leeds (Outer), Leigh, Lincoln (3 before 2005), Lowestoft, Luton (but please note Luton thinks it is National 1), Manchester (Outer), Newcastle (other than City centre)(3 before 2005), Newport, Nottingham (3 before 2005), Norfolk, Nuneaton (3 before 2005), Oldham, Peterborough, Plymouth (3 before 2005), Pontefract, Rugby (3 before 2005), St Albans, St Helens, Salford, Sheffield, Southport, Stockport, Stourbridge (3 before 2005), Stratford (3 before 2005), Swansea, Tameside, Taunton (3 before 2005), Wakefield, Wales (North)(3 before 2005), Walsall (3 before 2005), Warwick (3 before 2005), Wigan, Wolverhampton (3 before 2005), Yeovil (3 before 2005), Yorkshire (South), York

National 3 Accrington, Birmingham (Outer), Blackburn, Blackpool, Bradford, Burnley, Chorley, Cornwall, Cumbria, Devon, Dewsbury, Evesham, Grimsby, Halifax, Hereford, Huddersfield, Hull (Outer), Keighley, Kidderminster, Lancaster, Leicester, Ludlow, Nelson, Northampton, Oswestry, Preston, Rawtenstall, Redditch, Ripon, Scarborough, Shrewsbury, Skegness, Skipton, Stafford, Stoke, Tamworth, Teesside, Telford, Wales (South and West), Worcester


It is quite possible you will not be able to find the Court you are looking for in the above listing. If so, you are probably dealing with a feeder Court, i.e. a smaller Court which feeds cases into a regional Court.

If you are not sure which grouping your Court falls into then you should call the Court and ask. Once you have this information we would be grateful if you could email it to us so we can update the listing.