UPDATE: Council leader angered at proposed closure of Grantham Magistrates’ Court

Grantham Magistrates Court
Grantham Magistrates Court

Grantham Magistrates’ Court could be closed under new plans announced by the Justice Secretary Michael Gove today, Thursday July 16.

A consultation has been launched on plans to close 91 courts across the country, as part of Government plans to reform courts and tribunals in England and Wales.

The consultation covers the proposed closure of 57 magistrates, 19 county, two crown and nine combined courts plus four tribunal hearing centres.

In response, Coun Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We will be responding to this consultation to raise our concerns and to highlight how important the magistrates’ courts are to the communities of Lincolnshire.

“Magistrates’ courts play a key role in our local criminal justice system - in reducing offending rates and making sure justice is delivered locally.

“Local criminal justice is about having a fair trial for those alleged offenders in their own community. Taking these two courts away would mean that they will be tried many miles away from their own communities. This would then have a detrimental impact on the victims of crime.

“If these Magistrates’ courts close, there would also be an economic impact on the county. The courts employ many people and the associated businesses contribute a significant amount to the local economy.

“We also want to make it clear what while any changes might represent potential savings to the Ministry of Justice, it will certainly mean additional costs for everyone else- including our already squeezed local police force.

“We understand that money savings need to be made, but we would seek reassurances about how local justice would continue to be delivered in Grantham.”

The consultation closes on October 8 and can be viewed in full here on the Ministry of Justice website (as a PDF).

List of courts to be closed:

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

Yorkshire/North

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

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St Albans County Court

Tunbridge Wells County Court and Family Court

Watford Magistrates’ Court and Family Court

West Berkshire (Newbury) Magistrates’ Court

In addition to proposed closures in this consultation the following integrations will be

taking place:

North East

Doncaster County Court to be integrated within Doncaster Magistrates’ Court

Doncaster Tribunal (Portland Place) to be integrated within Doncaster Crown Court

Durham Elvet House Tribunal to be integrated within other tribunal sites within the County

Durham estate, including Durham County and Family Court

East Parade Sheffield Tribunal to be integrated within Sheffield Combined Court

Harrogate County Court to be integrated within Harrogate Magistrates’ Court

Middlesbrough Tribunal Hearing Centre to be integrated within Teesside Magistrates’

Court

Quayside House Newcastle Tribunal to be integrated within North Shields (Kings Court)

Tribunal

Wilberforce Court (Hull Employment Tribunal Centre) to be integrated within Hull

Magistrates’ Court and Hull Combined Court

North West

Bolton Magistrates’ Court to be integrated within Bolton Combined Court

Lancaster County Court to be integrated within Lancaster Magistrates’ Court

Warrington Magistrates’ Court to be integrated within Warrington Combined Court

South East

Aylesbury Crown Court to be integrated within Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court, County Court

and Family Hearing Centre building

Bury St Edmunds Employment Tribunal (Government Buildings) to be integrated within

Bury St Edmunds County Court

Cambridge Social Security and Child Support Tribunal (Eastbrook House) –Cambridge

Tribunal to be integrated within Cambridge Civil Justice centre and Cambridge

Magistrates’ Court

Cambridge Residential Property Tribunal Service to be integrated within Cambridge Civil

Justice Centre

Norwich Employment Tribuna l(Eliot House)integrated within Norwich Magistrates’ Court

Southend County Court and Family Court to be integrated within Southend Crown and

Magistrates’ Court