Portsmouth Magistrates' Court

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The Law Courts
Winston Churchill Avenue

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Opening times

Court open

8.30am to 5pm

Counter open

Urgent enquiries only 9am to 4pm

Telephone enquiries answered

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm


Social security and child support


0330 808 4407

(Court and Tribunal Service Centre)

0239 281 9421

(on the day of hearing only)

Family court
0239 289 3015
Family court
0239 289 3016
0300 123 9252
Witness service
0300 332 1000
0170 228 3860
Social security and child support
0300 123 1142

Building facilities

If you have a disability and need help coming to a hearing, please contact 0330 808 4407.

No parking

There are no parking facilities at this building, however, paid offsite parking is available within 100 yards in the Isambard Brunel Car Park.

Disabled access

Disabled access and toilet facilities are available. Parking can be arranged by contacting the court Security in advance.

Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network

Lanyards available on request.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Hearing Loop

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


Cold drinks are available from a vending machine.

Interview room

4 interview rooms are available on the ground floor

Baby changing facility

Baby changing facilities are available in the disabled toilets on the ground floor  

Video facilities

This court has Prison Video Link facilities which are available for hearings, conferences and legal visits. To book a booth email ha-southprogression@justice.gov.uk , subject heading Video Link Booking or telephone 02392 857918    

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Portsmouth Magistrates' Court

This location handles

  • Crime

  • Single justice procedure

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Court codes for legal professionals

Magistrates' Court location code: 1800

DX: 98494 Portsmouth 5

Professional users’ court and tribunal access scheme

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HMCTS Common Platform

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