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Sheriff critical of closure on court's last day

20 November 2013

In the final sitting at Rothesay Sheriff Court, the presiding sheriff, Ruth Anderson QC, has criticised its closure under the Scottish Court Service's scheme to shut down sheriff and justice of the peace courts.

Anderson quoted Oscar Wilde, saying the court bosses knew "the value of nothing".

Dornoch, Kirkcudbright and Rothesay sheriff courts are the first phase of closures by the Scottish Court Service in plans approved by the Scottish Parliament.

Campaigners against the closure of Rothesay Sheriff Court say the security implications of transferring cases to Greenock have been ignored. They say the move to Greenock means witnesses and the accused could potentially be on the same ferry and train journey.

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