Court bosses have finally confirmed the start date for the long-anticipated extended sitting hours pilot.

Six-month testing of the scheme will begin on 2 September 2019 and will consist of late sittings (4.30pm to 7pm) involving both civil and family work at Manchester Civil Justice Centre, and early (8am to 10.30am) and late sittings involving civil work only at the County Court at Brentford.

HM Courts & Tribunals Service wants to examine whether civil and family buildings can be used more effectively. This trial is designed to test whether extended hours offers better access to justice for people who want their cases heard before or after the working day.