Government to close 91 'surplus' courts

16 July 2015

justice courts Here's two things that are unrelated, obviously. Just as the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority announces that MPs' salaries are to increase by 10% to £74,000, the government just so happen to announce that they're planning on closing down 91 courts in England and Wales.

Justice Secretary Michael Gove has noted that this is to reduce "surplus capacity".

In a written statement, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for courts and legal aid, Shailesh Vara, said the service's estate was "underused", and that "last year over a third of all courts and tribunals were empty for more than 50% of their available hearing time."

So which are the courts, which fall under these proposals?

London

Bow County Court
Feltham Magistrates’ Court
Greenwich Magistrates’ Court
Hammersmith County Court (formerly West London County Court)
Lambeth County Court
Pocock Street Tribunal Hearing Centre
Richmond-upon-Thames Magistrates’ Court
Tottenham Magistrates’ Court
Waltham Forest Magistrates’ Court
Woolwich County Court

Midlands

Birmingham Youth Court
Burton-upon-Trent Magistrates’ Court
Buxton Magistrates’ and County Court
Corby Magistrates’ Court
Grantham Magistrates’ Court
Hinckley Magistrates’ Court
Kettering County Court
Kettering Magistrates’ Court
Sandwell Magistrates’ Court
Shrewsbury Magistrates’ Court
Skegness Magistrates’ Court
Solihull Magistrates’ Court
Stafford Magistrates’ Court
Worksop Magistrates’ Court

North East

Consett Magistrates’ Court
Halifax County Court and Family Court
Halifax (Calderdale) Magistrates’ and Family Court
Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court and County Court
Morpeth County Court
Rotherham Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Family Court
Scunthorpe Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Family Court
Wakefield Magistrates’ Court

North West

Accrington County Court
Accrington Magistrates’ Court
Bolton County Court and Family Court
Bury Magistrates’ Court and County Court
Kendal Magistrates’ Court and County Court
Macclesfield County Court
Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court
Oldham County Court
Oldham Magistrates’ Court
Ormskirk Magistrates’ Court and Family Court
Runcorn (Halton) Magistrates’ Court
St Helens Magistrates’ Court and County Court
Stockport Magistrates’ Court and County Court
Tameside County Court
Trafford Magistrates’ Court and Altrincham County Court
Warrington County Court
West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court and County Court

South East

Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Family Court
Basildon Social Security and Child Support Tribunal (Acorn House)
Bedford and Mid Beds Magistrates’ Court and Family Court and Bedford County Court and Family Court
Bicester Magistrates’ Court and Family Court
Bury St. Edmunds Magistrates’ Court and Family Court and Bury St. Edmunds Crown Court
Chichester Combined Court (Crown and County)
Chichester Magistrates’ Court
Colchester County Court and Family Court
Colchester County Court Offices
Dartford Magistrates’ Court
Dover Magistrates’ Court
Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Family Court
Harlow Magistrates’ Court
Kings Lynn County Court and Family Court
Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Family Court
Redhill Magistrates’ Court and Family Court and Reigate County Court and Family Court
St Albans County Court
Tunbridge Wells County Court and Family Court
Watford Magistrates’ Court and Family Court
West Berkshire (Newbury) Magistrates’ Court

South West

Barnstaple Crown Court
Bath Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Family Court or North Avon (Yate) Magistrates’ Court
Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court
Cheltenham Rivershill House Tribunal
Chippenham Magistrates’ Court, Civil Court and Family Court
Dorchester Crown Court
Fareham Magistrates’ Court
Gloucester Magistrates’ Court
North Avon (Yate) Magistrates’ Court or Bath Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Family Court
Stroud Magistrates’ Court
Torquay Magistrates’ Court

Wales

Brecon Law Courts
Bridgend Law Courts
Carmarthen Civil, Family, Tribunal and Probate Hearing Centre
Carmarthen Law Courts (The Guildhall)
Dolgellau Crown and Magistrates’ Court
Holyhead Magistrates’ Court
Llangefni Civil and Family Court
Neath and Port Talbot Civil and Family Court
Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court
Proposal on the provision of court and tribunal estate in England and Wales
Prestatyn Magistrates’ Court
Wrexham Tribunal (Rhyd Broughton)

There's also a number of integrations taking place, which you can see in this lovely government document. So, while we're in a period of austerity, the MPs give themselves a pay rise, as well as looking at the closure of family courts, among other things.

Just wonderful.

TOPICS:   Government   Consumer Advice

2 comments

  • George C.
    Clearly absolutely no crime ever occurs in Tottenham. Lol.
  • Will M.
    Point of order: " So, while we’re in a period of austerity, the MPs give themselves a pay rise, as well as looking at the closure of family courts, among other things." Problem is, the MPs haven't awarded themselves a pay rise - its the independent body that's done that.

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