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Scottish Government says no decisions have been made on court closures

16 July 2009

The Scottish Government said it has no plans to close any sheriff courts and described a leaked document outlining the potential closure of many of the country’s courtrooms as a “worst-case scenario”.

It was yesterday reported that the Scottish Court Service Strategic Board had prepared a document outlining cost-cutting proposals, including closing more than a third of Scotland’s courts, it was reported today.

A Scottish Government spokesman said no decisions had been made, and ministers had not seen the proposals, which represented a “worst-case scenario” as a result of possible budget cuts.

Meanwhile, Alan McCreadie, Secretary of the Law Society of Scotland’s Criminal Law Committee said the Society would “expect to be consulted on any plans for changes to the Scottish court system and would make comment at the appropriate time”.

“Any proposals would have to protect access to justice across Scotland. The court system must be properly resourced to allow individuals, particularly those in rural areas, access to local courts.”


 

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