A London court already earmarked for closure has become what is believed to be the latest victim of the snow and freezing weather that has blighted the UK this week.
HM Courts & Tribunals Service announced this morning that Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court is closed due to a flood overnight.
Due to a flood overnight, Camberwell Green Magistrates Court is closed today. We are working to rectify this as soon as possible, and alternative arrangements are being made for those affected.— HMCTS (@HMCTSgovuk) March 2, 2018
HMCTS has already confirmed that, due to snow in Wales, the only court sites open today are: Llanelli Law Courts, Swansea Magistrates' Court, Swansea Civil and Family Justice Centre, Llandudno Magistrates' Court, Caernarfon Justice Centre, Wrexham Law Courts, Prestatyn Justice Centre and Mold Law Courts. All other courts in Wales will be closed until at least Monday.
All courts in Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire, and all courts and tribunals in south east Wales were closed yesterday. HMCTS tweeted that Bristol Civil Justice Centre would be closed today.
This week is believed to be the coldest period the UK has experienced for at least a decade. HMCTS says it will issue further updates on its Court & Tribunal Finder service.
Law centres have braved the bitterly cold snap to ensure their doors remain open. Camden Law Centre in London tweeted that 28 clients attended its housing, immigration and drop-in clinic in the past two days.
Audrey Ludwig, director of legal services at Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE), which runs a Tackling Discrimination in the East legal service, said a free Suffolk Law Centre advice service was in full swing when she left the office yesterday evening:
Well I left the office just before 6pm with our free @SuffolkLawCen Law Advice Centre in full swing. Many thanks to volunteer lawyers including Michael from @Prettys_Law and Robin from @fennerschambers; and our own Sumayiah for being so resilient in the face of ice and snow— Audrey Ludwig (@Suffolklawcentr) March 1, 2018