Barnstaple Magistrates', County and Family Court

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Barnstaple Law Courts
North Walk
EX31 1DU

Opening times

Court open: Monday to Friday 9:30am until close of business

Counter open: Strictly by appointment only

Telephone enquiries answered: Monday to Friday 10am to 3:30pm


Magistrates' court

Family queries

(Including C100 applications and divorce)

Social security and child support

Breathing space notifications



01271 340 410

(including magistrates' listing)

Fine queries

Witness service

Social security and child support

Civil fax

Family fax

Magistrates' court fax

Building facilities

If you have a disability and need help coming to a hearing, please contact 01271 340 410.


There are no parking facilities directly outside this building, however paid public parking is 100m from the court building. The nearest paid public car park available is at North Walk car park at EX31 1DU (66 spaces) approximatley 100m by foot from the court building. Blue Badge holders are allowed to park in permit only car park named the Civic Centre Car Park. Prior notification required for Blue Badge parking for the permit only car park as its strictly controlled by the Council. Both the public car park and permit only car park are equal distances by foot to the court building.

Disabled access

This building has stairs to both courtrooms however there is level access to a platform lift which can allow users with mobility difficulties to access the level access courtrooms and waiting areas. The platform lift can take mobility scooters and wheelchairs. If you are concerned about access please contact the court office on 01271 340412.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Loop Hearing

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

Hearing loop 'T'

The courtrooms have hearing enhancement facilities specifically a infrared system. The system can by used by switching a hearing aid to the 'T' switch and can also be used by users who do not wear a hearing aid by wearing earphones which we can provide. Please inform the usher upon arrival that you will require the hearing loop system and they will ensure you have the correct equipment and the system is turned on.

Security arch

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 a pacemaker.


A platform lift is available between the ground and first floor for wheelchairs/scooters/mobility impaired. The lift has a weight capacity of 300Kg.

Public toilets

Public toilets are available in all waiting areas on all floors.

Disabled toilet

Accessible toilets are available and are located on the ground and first floors. A platform lift is available to these floors.


Refreshments are available from a vending machine for hot drinks on the ground floor outside Court 2 and chilled water is available on the 1st floor outside Court 1 and in the witness suite. A small café is available 50M from the court building which opens 9:15am to 2pm weekdays which serves hot and cold food and drinks and is open to the public.

Interview room

3interview rooms available on a first come first served basis.

Waiting Room

This building has a public waiting area outside each court or hearing room. There is a separate witness suite. Please ask for details.

Baby changing facility

Baby changing facilities are located in the public toilets on the ground floor and the disabled toilet on the first floor.

Video facilities

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

Translators or Interpreters

Get an interpreter at a court or tribunal.

Barnstaple Magistrates', County and Family Court

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Court codes for legal professionals:

County Court location code: 119

DX: 98560 Barnstaple 2

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