Cabinet (Meetings)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 30th May 2013.

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Photo of Willie Rennie Willie Rennie Liberal Democrat

I expected some sort of explanation about the new justice centres, but nothing was forthcoming. It is ridiculous that the First Minister does not have worked-out plans for the justice centres. He cannot give us even one single date and one location for those justice centres, which his back benchers say will come. He already has a justice centre in Cupar, but he plans to shut it down. He already has one, but that is what he will do.

Last week, we heard from the Scottish Court Service that more courts could close before any justice centres are built. This week, the Law Society of Scotland spoke out.

The clock is ticking. There are 12 days for SNP members of the Justice Committee to make a big decision on whether to back their Government or back their community—whether to back 500 years of local service against the Government’s cavalier and chaotic approach. Would it not be safer for SNP members to stand up for their communities and reject the First Minister’s court closures?