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Court closures: Law Society want your views

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The government plans to close 91 courts and tribunals across England and Wales, and integrate or merge 31 more.

 

The Law Society want your views and case studies to help formulate thier consultation response.

 

Please complete our short survey to let us know how you will be affected.

 

Their interactive map shows the courts affected by the proposals, where the work would move to and how long it would take by public transport to get to the alternative courts.

 

https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/stories/court-closures-we-want-your-views/

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The survey does not appear to be aimed at the general public. Wording includes "client" and "your practice". I therefore do not feel that The Law Society wants to hear from me.

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My local magistrates court closed sometime ago and now I would need to go further afield which I feel is unfair, what can I do about that ?

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Court Closures Confirmed:

 

 

 

Nearly a fifth of all courts and tribunals in England and Wales are to close, the government has announced.

 

Eighty-six of 460 courts and tribunal hearing centres will shut as part of "modernisation" plans, HM Courts and Tribunal Service confirmed.

 

The reforms aim to reduce the £500m annual cost of the courts estate.

 

Ministers said 48% of court buildings were empty at least half of the time last year, but the Law Society warns closures could limit access to justice.

 

Crown courts, county courts, family courts, youth courts, civil courts and tribunal hearing centres are among the centres that will close.

 

The government has published a schedule for the closures, with six phases planned between now and September 2017.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35552199

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Does this mean that poorer people will need to travel further for justice..

wld say 'wld need to travel further for (in)justice' :)

'the haves v the have nots' (Griffith). expounded years ago, but becoming more relevant today...


IMO

:-):rant:

 

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Apparently It is now understood that only St Helens Magistrates Courthouse will close and the County Court remaining open. County Court work from Warrington will also be moved to St Helens.

 

http://www.sthelensreporter.co.uk/news/local/magistrates-court-closure-slammed-by-politicians-1-7728219


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