Preston (The Sessions House) County Court

The Sessions House in Preston, Lancashire, located on Harris Street, serves both judicial functions and as administrative offices for His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service. This Grade II* listed building was inaugurated in 1904 to replace the older courthouse on Stanley Street. Designed by Henry Littler in the Edwardian Baroque style and built with Longridge stone, the courthouse cost approximately £90,000, roughly equivalent to over £9 million today. The building’s striking design features a symmetrical façade with a central balcony and a towering four-stage structure, making it one of Preston’s tallest buildings at nearly 55 metres. The Sessions House has been the venue for notable trials, including those of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson in 1993, and Harold Shipman in 2000. It houses two main courtrooms on the first floor used by Preston Crown Court, alongside two smaller courtrooms for the County Court and Family Court.

Exterior view of Preston Sessions House, a Grade II* listed building serving as a Crown and Family Court.

More Information on Preston (The Sessions House) County Court

  • Address: Sessions House
    Lancaster Road
    PR1 2PD


    Phone Numbers:

    • 01772 272 827
    • Family Court Enquiries: 01772 272 849

    Opening Hours: Court open: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm

    Additional Facilities:

    Admin: [email protected]
    Applications: [email protected]
    Listing: [email protected]
    Divorce: [email protected]
    Adoption: [email protected]
    • Assistance for individuals with disabilities is available upon request.
    • The court offers hearing enhancement facilities and baby changing rooms.
    • No parking facilities are available directly at the site, with the nearest option being the Bus Station Car Park.

More Information On Preston (The Sessions House) County Court

Preston (The Sessions House) County Court stands out not only for its comprehensive legal services ranging from criminal cases to family disputes but also for its historical significance in the UK’s judicial landscape. For more information about this and other UK county courts, CLICK HERE.