Hi, When I received the acknowledgement that my appeal had been received, they also gave me the address of the tribunal but stated that it may change. Whereabouts do you live? Perhaps someone who lives nearby who has been to tribunal can tell you where their's took place?
As a former criminal lawyer, I know these courts often have poor facilities. Also, these hearings are supposed to be informal, non-adversarial inquiries. A formal court setting is intimidating, even if some side room is used.
Theoretically, children and young people might want to attend. The Tribunal service should be factoring that into account too, not just picking the cheapest crappy venue.
I wonder if the fact that the venue is only 20mins from our LA county offices explains it? They probably list all of crapshire's cases there.
Ours was cancelled last minutes but was going to (officially) be in the local magistrates court as well. It also has family court stuff there so I think maybe they were going to borrow some of their facilities?
Though I'm ignorant of all things legal and for all I know the only rooms in the magistrates building are the loo and a Judge Judy style courtroom!
I suggest you phone to ask. They're trying to set up permanent venues so they should be able to give you at least an idea of where it is likely to be. However, they do tend to overbook at popular venues like London, which sometimes means a last minute change.