Reading Crown Court

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Old Shire Hall
The Forbury

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Opening times

Court open

8:30am to 5:30pm

Counter open

9am to 5pm (4:30pm on Friday)


0118 967 4400

(from 9am to 5pm)

Jury service
0118 967 4501
Witness service
0300 332 1000

Building facilities

If you have a disability and need help coming to a hearing, please contact 0118 967 4400.

No parking

There is no parking available but parking for blue badge holders can be arranged by calling the Enquiries telephone number.  Parking for blue badge holders is also available nearby.

Disabled access

Disabled access and disabled toilet

Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network

Lanyards available on request.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome

Hearing Loop

This court has a portable system available for use in courtrooms. There is also a free standing system available which can be moved into any courtroom.

Interview room

Nine interview rooms are available at this court.

Video facilities

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

Wireless network connection

This court has wireless internet access available within the building

Translators or Interpreters

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Reading Crown Court

This location handles

  • Crime

  • Single justice procedure

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Court codes for legal professionals

Crown Court location code: 449

DX: 97440 Reading 5

Professional users’ court and tribunal access scheme

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HMCTS Common Platform

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