Battle Resumes Over Court's Future

June 25, 2010 4:57 PM

Commenting on the launch of a Ministry of Justice consultation over the future of 103 Magistrates Courts around the country, which lists Shotfield Magistrates' Court as one being considered for closure, local MPs Tom Brake and Paul Burstow said, "The principle of local justice for local people delivered by local courts is very important.

"We have already made clear to Lord McNally, Minister of State in the Ministry of Justice our concerns and will continue to lobby for Sutton's Court.

"But we are under no illusions. This battle will be hardest fought so far to save our court. The Coalition Government has inherited one of the largest deficits in Europe. Because one out of every four pounds Government spends has been borrowed, the Coalition Government is going to have to take many tough spending decisions."

Tom and Paul will be meeting with magistrates soon to discuss the best way of taking the campaign forward. The consultation closes on the 16th September.

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