In December 2010 Ministers announced the decision to close 142 courts; 93 magistrates' courts and 49 county courts. This followed a full 12-week public consultation from June 2010 until September 2010.
To date 130 courts have closed: 84 magistrates' courts and 46 county courts. The remaining 12 will all be close by September 2014. The total cumulative gross benefits are expected to be £99.2 million over the SR10 period, consisting of resource savings from court closures of £60.6 million and gross capital proceeds of £38.6 million from the sale of buildings.
From April 2011 to March 2012, 17.5% of magistrates' court trials were ineffective, of which 6.1% relate to non-attendance of parties. From April 2012 to September 2012, 16.8% of magistrates' court trials were ineffective, of which 5.8% relate to the non-attendance of parties.
HMCTS does not collect statistics on the non-attendance of parties in county court cases.