Courts: Closures

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 11th March 2019.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which courts his Department closed in 2010; on what dates those court buildings were sold; and what the value was of those sales.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The decision to close a court is never taken lightly. Court closures have taken place following a public consultation and only when the Lord Chancellor was satisfied that effective access to justice could be maintained. We have closed less efficient courts allowing for resources to be concentrated into a smaller number of better quality and more flexible buildings.

The table below provides a list of courts closed in the 2010/11 financial year, their date of sale and the disposal proceeds.

Courts and tribunals closed during 2010-2011 financial year

Date sold


Wantage Magistrates’ Court



Please note the list does not include court integrations.

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