Serco Prisoner Escort Services Courts and Sites

We have extensive experience in the management of this complex prisoner care, planning and logistics service and understand the varied requirements of the stakeholder community.  Serco puts welfare and security at the heart of its escorting services and our services are carried out with compassion and care by highly trained and security cleared staff.

Serco provides safe and secure Prisoner Escort Services on behalf of justice departments moving people quickly and efficiently between prisons or police stations and court appearances. We also provide Court Services to many of the most high profile courts in England including the Royal Courts of Justice, the Central Criminal Court and Westminster Magistrates' Courts.

Courts and sites

Crown Court

The Crown Court carries out four principal types of activity: appeals from decisions of magistrates; sentencing of defendants committed from magistrates’ courts, jury trials, and the sentencing of those who are convicted in the Crown Court, either after trial or on pleading guilty.

A Crown Court deals with serious criminal cases, for example:

  • murder
  • rape
  • robbery

A Crown Court:

  • normally has a jury - which decides if you’re guilty or not
  • has a judge - who decides what sentence you get

Magistrates Court

A magistrates' court is a lower court which holds trials for summary offences and preliminary hearings for more serious ones.

Almost all criminal proceedings start at a magistrates' court. 

Summary offences are smaller crimes (such as public order offences or most driving matters) that can be punished under the magistrates' courts limited sentencing powers – community sentences, fines, short custodial sentences. Indictable offences, on the other hand, are serious crimes (e.g. rape, murder); if it is found at the initial hearing of the magistrates' court that there is a case to answer, they are committed to the Crown Court, which has a much wider range of sentencing power. 

Either-way offences (such as theft) will ultimately fall into one of the previous categories depending on how serious the particular crime in question is (a minor theft will be dealt with in a magistrates' court; a serious theft will be dealt with in a Crown Court), although a defendant also has the right in such cases to elect for trial by jury in the Crown Court.

Being kept in custody or granted bail

In some cases the magistrates’ court will decide if you should be kept in custody until your next court hearing, or released on bail.

This may happen if:

  • another court hearing is needed
  • the court needs more information before passing sentence
  • your case is passed to the Crown Court for trial or sentencing

The court can give punishments including:

  • up to 6 months in prison (or up to 12 months in total for more than one offence)
  • a fine
  • a community sentence, like doing unpaid work in the community
  • a ban, for example from driving or keeping an animal

Courts can also give a combination of punishments - for example a fine and unpaid work in the community.

Operational sites

Aylesbury Crown
Court

Walton Street, Aylesbury,
Buckinghamshire, HP21
7QZ

Barnstaple
Magistrates Court

The Law Courts, Civic
Centre, EX31 1DY

Barkingside
Magistrates Court

850 Cranbrook Road,
Ilford, Essex, IG6 1HW

Basildon Crown
Court

The Gore, Basildon,
Essex, SS14 2EW

Basildon
Magistrates Court

The Court House, Great
Oaks, Basildon, Essex,
SS14 1EH

Basingstoke
Magistrates Court

The Court House, London
Road, RG21 4AB

Bath Magistrates
Court

North Parade Road, BA1
5AF

Bexleyheath
Magistrates Court

Norwich Place,
Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6
7NB

Bodmin Magistrates
Court

Launceston Road, PL31
2BQ

Bournemouth
Crown Court

Courts of Justice,
Deansleigh Road, BH7
7DS

Brighton Combined
Court

The Law Courts, Edward
Street, BN2 2LG

Bristol Crown Court

The Law Courts, Small
Street, BS1 1DA

Bristol Magistrates
Court

Marlborough Street, BS31
3NU

Bromley
Magistrates Court

The Court House, 1
London Rd, Bromley,
Kent, BR1 1RA

Cambridge Crown
Court

83 East Road, Cambridge,
CB1 1BT

Cambridge
Magistrates Court

12 St Andrews Street,
Cambridge, CB2 3AX

Canterbury Crown
Court

The Law Courts, Chaucer
Road, CT1 1ZA

Canterbury
Magistrates Court

Broad Street, CT1 2UE

Central Criminal
Court

Old Bailey, EC4M 7EH

Chatham
Magistrates Court

The Brook, ME4 4JZ

Chelmsford Crown
Court

New Street, Chelmsford,
Essex, CM1 1EL

Chelmsford
Magistrates Court

10 New Street,
Chelmsford, CM1 1NT

Cheltenham
Magistrates Court

St Georges Road, GL50
3PF

City of London
Magistrates Court

1 Queen Victoria Street,
London, EC4N 4XY

Colchester
Magistrates Court

St Botolphs Circus,
Magdelen Street,
Colchester, Essex, CO2
7EF

Court of Appeal
(COACD)

Royal Courts of Justice,
Strand, WC2A 2LL

Crawley
Magistrates Court

County Buildings,
Woodfield Road, RH10
1XD

Croydon Crown
Court

The Law Courts, Altyre
Road, Croydon, Surrey,
CR9 5AB

Croydon
Magistrates Court

Barclay Road, Croydon,
Surrey, CR9 3NG

Ealing Magistrates
Court

The Court House, Green
Man Lane, Ealing,
London, W13 0SD

Exeter Law Courts

The Exeter Law Courts,
Southernhay Gardens,
EX1 1UH

Folkestone
Magistrates Court

Castle Hill Avenue, CT20
2DH

Gloucester Crown
Court

Shire Hall, Longsmith
Street, GL1 2TG

Great Yarmouth
Magistrates Court

North Quay, Great
Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30
1PW

Guildford Crown
Court

Bedford Road, GU1 4ST

Guildford
Magistrates Court

The Law Courts, Mary
Road, GU1 4AS

Harrow Crown
Court

Hailsham Drive, Harrow,
Greater London, HA1 4TU

Hastings
Magistrates Court

The Law Courts, Horntyre
Park, Bohemia Road,
TN34 1ND

Hatfield Remand
Centre

Comet Way, Hatfield,
AL10 9SJ

Hendon Magistrates
Court

The Court House, The
Hyde, Hendon, London,
NW9 7BY

Highbury
Magistrates Court

51-53 Holloway Road,
London, N7 8JA

High Wycombe
Magistrates Court

Easton Street, HP11 1LR

Hove Crown Court

Lansdowne Road, BN3
3BN

Huntingdon Law
Court

Walden Road,
Huntingdon, PE29 3DW

Inner London
Crown Court

Sessions House,
Newington Causeway,
London, SE1 6AZ

Ipswich Crown
Court

The Court House, 1
Russell Road, Ipswich,
Suffolk, IP1 2AG

Ipswich Magistrates
Court

Elm Street, Ipswich,
Suffolk, IP1 2AP

Isleworth Crown
Court

36 Ridgeway Road,
Isleworth, Middlesex,
TW7 5LP

Kings Lynn
Magistrates Court

The Court House, Kings
Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1PQ

Kingston Crown
Court

6-8 Penrhyn Road,
Kingston Upon Thames,
Surrey, KT1 2BB

Lewes Crown Court

The Law Courts, High
Street, BN7 1YB

Luton Crown Court

7 George Street, Luton,
LU1 2AA

Luton Magistrates
Court

Stuart Street, Luton, LU1
5BL

Maidstone Crown
Court

The Law Courts, Barker
Road, ME16 8EQ

Maidstone
Magistrates Court

Palace Avenue, ME15 6LL

Margate
Magistrates Court

Cecil Square, CT9 1BD

Milton Keynes
Magistrates Court

301 Silbury Boulevard,
Wiltan Gate East, MK9
2AJ

Newport (IOW)
Magistrates Court

Quay Street, PO30 5BB

Newton Abbott
Magistrates Court

Newfoundland Way,
Newton Abbott, TQ12 1LA

Norwich Crown
Court

The Law Courts,
Bishopgate, Norwich,
Norfolk, NR3 1UR

Norwich
Magistrates Court

Bishopgate, Norwich, NR3
1UP

Oxford Crown Court

St Aldates, OX1 1TL

Oxford Magistrates
Court

The Court House,
Speedwell Street, OX1
1RZ

Peterborough
Crown Court

Crown Buildings,
Rivergate, Peterborough,
PE1 1EJ

Peterborough
Magistrates Court

The Court House, Bridge
Street, Peterborough, PE1
1ED

Plymouth Crown
Court

The Law Courts, Armada
Way, PL1 2ER

Plymouth
Magistrates Court

St Andrews Street, PL1
2DP

Poole Magistrates
Court

The Law Courts, Park
Road, BH15 2NS

Portsmouth Crown
Court

The Courts of Justice,
Winston Churchill Avenue,
PO1 2EB

Portsmouth
Magistrates Court

Winston Churchill Avenue,
PO1 2DQ

Reading Crown
Court

Old Shire Hall, The
Forbury, RG1 3EH

Reading
Magistrates Court

Civic Centre, RG1 7TQ

Romford
Magistrates Court

19 Main Road, Romford,
Essex, RM1 3BH

Salisbury Combined
Court

The Law Courts, Wilton
Road, SP2 7EP

Sevenoaks
Magistrates Court

Morewood Close, London
Road, TN13 2UT

Slough Magistrates
Court

Chalvey Park, Off Windsor
Road, SL1 2HJ

Snaresbrook Crown
Court & Annex

75 Hollybush Hill,
Snaresbrook, London, E11
1QW

Southampton
Crown Court

The Courts of Justice,
London Road, SO15 2XQ

Southampton
Magistrates Court

100 The Avenue, SO17
1EY

Southend
Combined Court

80 Victoria Avenue,
Southend-on-Sea, SS2
6EG

Southwark Crown
Court

1 English Grounds,
Southwark, London, SE1
2HU

Staines Magistrates
Court

Knowle Green, TW18 1XR

St Albans Crown
Court

Bricket Road, St Albans,
AL1 3JW

St Albans
Magistrates Court

The Civic Centre, St
Peters Street, St Albans,
AL1 3LB

Stevenage
Magistrates Court

Danesgate, Stevenage,
SG1 1XH

Stratford
Magistrates Court

389-397 High Road,
London, E15 4SB

Swindon Crown
Court

The Law Courts, Islington
Street, SN1 2HG

Swindon
Magistrates Court

Princes Street, SN1 2JB

Taunton Crown
Court

The Shire Hall, TA1 4EU

Taunton
Magistrates Court

St John’s Road, TA1 4AX

Thames
Magistrates Court

58 Bow Road, London, E3
4DJ

Truro Crown Court

Courts of Justice, Edward
Street, TR1 2PB

Truro Magistrates
Court

The Court House,
Tremorvah Wood Lane,
Mitchell Hill, TR1 1HZ

Uxbridge
Magistrates Court

The Court House,
Harefield Road, Uxbridge,
UB8 1PQ

Westminster
Magistrates Court

181 Marylebone Road,
London, NW1 5BR

Weston-Super-Mare
Magistrates Court

The Hedges, St Georges,
BS22 7BB

Weymouth
Magistrates Court

The Law Courts, Westwey
Road, DT4 8BS

Willesden
Magistrates Court

448 High Road, London,
NW10 2DZ

Winchester Crown
Court

The Law Courts, SO23
9EL

Wimbledon
Magistrates Court

Alexander Road,
Wimbledon, London,
SW19 7JP

Woodgreen Crown
Court

Woodall House, Lordship
Lane, London, N22 5LF

Woolwich Crown
Court

2 Belmarsh Road,
Thamesmead, London,
SE28 0EY

Worthing
Magistrates Court

The Law Courts, PO Box
199, Christchurch Road,
BN11 1JE

Yeovil Magistrates
Court

The Law Courts, Petter’s
Way, BA20 1SW

Our vehicle bases

Bedford Vehicle Base

4 Viking Business Centre,
2 Caxton Road, Bedford,
MK41 0HT

Bristol Vehicle Base

Unit 1 Access 18,
Avonmouth, BS11 8HT

Buckingham Vehicle Base

Gawcott Fields Farm,
Gawcott Lane, MK18 1TN

Burgess Hill Vehicle Base

Unit 2 School Close,
Burgess Hill, RH15 9RD

Colchester Vehicle Base

10a Westside Centre,
London Road, Stanway,
Colchester, Essex, CO3
8PH

Croydon Vehicle Base

Unit 9, Beddington Cross
Industrial Estate,
Croydon, CR0 4XH

Eastleigh Vehicle Base

Unit 1 Renown Close,
Chandlers Fords, SO53
4HZ

Exeter Vehicle Base

Unit 3 Green Dale B.P,
Woodbury Salterton, EX5
1EW

Greenford Vehicle Base

Greenford Road,
Greenford, UB6 9AP

New Southgate Vehicle
Base

Unit 7, Brunswick
Industrial Park, New
Southgate, N11 1JL

Peterborough Vehicle
Base

Serco House, Saville
Road, Peterborough, PE3
7PR

Sittingbourne Vehicle
Base

3/9 Tribune Drive,
Sittingbourne, Kent,
ME10 2PG

Truro Vehicle Base
(Satellite Base)

Unit 28, Tresillian
Business Park, Truro,
TR2 4HF

Watton Vehicle Base

Unit C2, Neaton Business
Park, Norwich Road,
Watton, Norfolk, IP25
6JB

West Thurrock Vehicle
Base

801 London Road, Grays,
West Thurrock, RM20
3LH

Woking Vehicle Base

Unit 1 Kestrel Way,
Goldworth Park Estate,
GU21 3BA