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Courts in North Yorkshire

All criminal cases start in a magistrates’ court. Magistrates then pass the most serious cases to the crown court.

A magistrates’ court doesn’t have a jury and handles cases known as ‘summary offences’, for example most motoring offences, minor criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly.

It can also deal with some of the more serious allegations, such as burglary or drugs offences. These are called ‘either way’ offences and may be heard either in a magistrates’ court or a Crown Court.

Magistrates pass the most serious offences to the Crown Court. These can include ‘either way’ offences or those that can only be tried in a Crown Court – known as ‘indictable only offences’, such as murder, rape or robbery.

If you are summoned to give evidence at a Crown Court, it will probably be in front of a jury and governed by a single judge.


York Magistrates Court

Law Courts,
Clifford Street,
York,
YO1 9RE

Tel: 01904 818300


Skipton Magistrates Court

The Court House,
Otley Street,
Skipton,
North Yorkshire,
BD23 1RH

Tel: 01756 692670


Northallerton Magistrates Court

The Court House,
3 Racecourse Lane,
Northallerton,
North Yorkshire,
DL7 8QZ

Tel: 01609 788200


Scarborough Magistrates Court

Northway,
Scarborough,
North Yorkshire,
YO12 7AD

Tel: 01723 505000


Harrogate Magistrates Court

The Court House,
Victoria Avenue,
Harrogate,
North Yorkshire,
HG1 1LS

Tel: 01423 722000


York Crown Court

The Castle,
York,
YO1 9WZ

Tel: 01904 645121

Some North Yorkshire cases are heard in other Crown Courts in the North East region. You can use the Court finder for the name and address of any court or tribunal in the UK.