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Bar association vice president slams Dundee court facilities
Dundee Sheriff Court is “not fit for purpose” and will not be able to cope with the extra business to be transferred when Cupar Sheriff Court closes, according to the vice president of Dundee Bar Association.
George Donnelly was speaking after a jury trial was unable to begin for most of last week because no courtroom was available. He said that court users, including sheriffs, witnesses and jurors were all being inconvenienced by the building’s shortcomings.
Insufficient witness room space also meant that police and other witnesses were left waiting in corridors until the trial, due to start on Monday, finally got underway on Thursday afternoon.
The Dundee Bar Association fears the scene will be repeated when business from Cupar is transferred next year under the Scottish Court Service's restructuring programme.
Mr Donnelly commented: “It’s been a longstanding complaint of the local bar, even before the news of the transfer of business, that this building was not fit for purpose and it will be even less fit when the business is transferred.”
The Scottish Courts Service said that a High Court trial last week using the sheriff court building was the last to take place in the building, and that would allow capacity for business from Cupar.