Dover Magistrates Court, Pencester Road, CT16 1BS, Kent, England, UK

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Dover Magistrates Court, once held in the Town Hall, now occupies a purpose-built building on the corner of Maison Dieu Road and Pencester Road. It is a Criminal and Family Proceedings Court and has Court number 1955. The opening hours are 9.30 to 4.00 pm; telephone 01304 218600, fax 01304 213819. The River Dour and Pencester Gardens are behind the building. Viewed from St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church.

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John Latter on October 27, 2012

The court waiting area is open to court users at least 30 minutes before the first hearing. Visitors have to arrive in sufficient time to allow any security checks to be carried out. Facilities provided:

Baby changing facility (I think this means just diapers/nappies)

Guide dogs

Loop Hearing


Disabled access

A HM Courts and Tribunals Service document states:

If you have any concerns about coming to court or the court experience please speak to a member of staff. Court staff can advise you on procedures, give you the forms you need and help you fill them in. They cannot however give you legal advice. You may be able to get free legal advice from a law centre, a Citizens Advice Bureau or consumer advice centre or alternatively you can contact Community Legal Advice on 0845 345 4 345 or County Courts only: If you want to settle your dispute without going to court, find a civil mediation provider at

Dover Police Station is nearby; see all Police-related photos.

An Urban Dover photo.

John Latter

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John Latter on October 27, 2012

Magistrates' Court

A magistrates' court or court of petty sessions, formerly known as a police court, is the lowest level of court in England and Wales and many other common law jurisdictions. A magistrates' court is presided over by a tribunal consisting of three justices of the peace (also known as magistrates) or by a district judge (formerly known as a stipendiary magistrate), and dispenses summary justice, under powers usually defined by statute. The tribunal presiding over the Court is commonly referred to simply as the Bench.

Source: Magistrates’ court (England and Wales)

John Latter on October 27, 2012

In April, 2009, I took some photos of Dover Police making an arrest at Priory Hill and the High Street (1 of 3).

John Latter on October 27, 2012

Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

HMCTS is an agency of the Ministry of Justice. It was created on 1 April 2011 by the merger of Her Majesty's Courts Service and the Tribunals Service.

The agency is responsible for the administration of the courts of England and Wales, the Probate Service and tribunals in England and Wales and non-devolved tribunals in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It works from about 600 locations across the United Kingdom.

The Framework Document for Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service says its aim is "to run an efficient and effective courts and tribunals system, which enables the rule of law to be upheld and provides access to justice for all." The courts over which it has responsibility are the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the Crown Court, the Magistrates' Courts, and the County Courts.

The agency is responsible for the administration of all chambers of the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, together with the Employment Tribunals and certain other tribunals which the Tribunals Service was responsible for serving, such as the Special Immigration Appeals Commission and Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission.

Source: Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service

Also see: HM Courts and Tribunals Service (

Omitted from the first comment:

A Dover Buildings, and Architecture photo.

John Latter on December 7, 2012
John Latter on February 22, 2013

Also see a photo of the presbytery adjacent to St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church:

Moray House, 103 Maison Dieu Road, Dover, Kent, United Kingdom

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