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Courts: Closures

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Beecham Lord Beecham Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria will be applied by HM Courts and Tribunal Service in determining whether and which magistrates' court buildings will be closed following the forthcoming review.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

It is important that the provision of court and tribunal services in England and Wales includes an estate that is efficient, well utilised and offers value for money. Any future proposal by the Government to close magistrates' courts would be subject to full public consultation and the consultation would include the criteria on which the proposals had been put forward.

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