Courts: Closures

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 6th March 2015.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in which parliamentary constituencies closure of a court has been (a) proposed and (b) decided upon.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Closure of courts is subject to Ministerial decision following public consultation. The MoJ consulted on the future of Abergavenny and Caerphilly Magistrates’ Courts in the constituencies of Monmouth and Caerphilly respectively. No Ministerial decision has yet been taken following that consultation.

The MoJ consulted on the future of Rhyl County Court in the constituency of the Vale of Clwyd, and although it was decided to close that court, cases continue to be listed there while we consider whether moving to Prestatyn is still the best option.

HM Courts & Tribunals Service continues to keep the use of its estate under review to ensure it meets operational requirements.

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