Colchester Magistrates' Court and Family Court

Visit us:

St Botolphs Circus
Magdelen Street

Write to us:

Court Administration Centre
P.O. Box 10754

Please note: all Family Proceedings paperwork must be sent to Chelmsford County and Family Court.

Additional information

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Opening times

Court open

9.00 am to 5:00pm


Social security and child support

(For NCES matters)


01245 313300

(from 9am to 5pm)

01702 283 830

(NCES office - from 9am to 4pm)

0300 790 9901

(National Payment Line -24 hr line)

Family court
0344 892 4000

(from 9am to 5pm)

Family court fax
01264 347922
Magistrates court fax
0870 324 0091
Witness service
0300 332 1000
Social security and child support
0300 123 1142

Building facilities

If you have a disability and need help coming to a hearing, please contact 01245 313300.

Disabled access

This court has level access to the entrance of the building and all floors, lifts to all floors and easy access into courtrooms. There are also a number of disabled toilets on each floor.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome


Refreshments are available from vending machines.

Baby changing facility

This court has baby changing facilities on each 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.

Colchester Magistrates' Court and Family Court

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Court codes for legal professionals:

Magistrates' Court location code: 1970

DX: 151020 Chelmsford 17

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