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 2011; on what dates those court buildings were sold; and what the value was of each 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 2011/12 financial year, their date of sale and the disposal proceeds.

Courts closed during 2011/12 financial year

Date Sold

Proceeds (£)

Aberdare County Court

Apr-12

275,000

Aberdare Magistrates Court,

Located within same building as above

n/a

Abertillery Magistrates Court

Sep-11

81,000

Acton Magistrates Court

Feb-12

1,176,665

Alnwick Magistrates Court

Mar-13

20,000

Amersham Magistrates Court

Located within Amersham Law Courts, building did not close

n/a

Ammanford Magistrates Court

Oct-12

90,000

Ashford County Court

Sep-13

375,000

Ashford Magistrates Court

Located within same building as above

n/a

Balham Youth Court

Jun-13

2,000,000

Barking & Dagenham Magistrates Court

Mar-13

505,000

Barry Magistrates Court

Jun-12

250,000

Batley & Dewsbury Magistrates Court

Jun-14

300,000

Bingley (Keighley) Magistrates Court

Jun-18

253,310

Bishop Auckland County Court

Aug-14

150,000

Bishop Auckland Magistrates Court

Located within same building as above

n/a

Blandford Forum Magistrates Court

Nov-11

175,000

Blaydon Magistrates Court

Mar-13

145,000

Brentford Magistrates Court,

Feb-12

650,000

Bridgwater Magistrates Court

Mar-15

186,000

Camborne Magistrates Court

Mar-12

137,500

Cardigan Magistrates Court

Apr-13

48,910

Cheltenham County Court

Located within Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court, building did not close.

n/a

Chepstow County Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Chepstow Magistrates Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Chorley County Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Cirencester Magistrates Court

Sep-17

450,000

Coalville Magistrates Court

Mar-12

245,000

Coleford Magistrates Court

Feb-16

170,000

Consett County Court

Jun-12

95,000

Cromer Magistrates Court

Jun-14

325,000

Daventry Magistrates Court

Mar-14

140,000

Dewsbury County Court

Apr-13

276,000

Didcot Magistrates Court

Aug-13

400,000

Ely Magistrates Court

Jul-13

1

Epping Magistrates Court

Feb-15

750,000

Epsom County Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Epsom Magistrates Court

Located within same building as above

n/a

Evesham County Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Flint Magistrates Court

Apr-15

87,500

Frome Magistrates Court

Mar-15

397,000

Goole County Court

Jun-15

60,000

Goole Magistrates Court

Located within same building as above

n/a

Gosforth Magistrates Court

Mar-14

378,000

Grantham County Court

Mar-17

112,000

Gravesend County Court

Sep-11

100,000

Grays Magistrates Court

Sep-12

365,475

Guisborough (East Langbaurgh) Magistrates Court

May-12

275,000

Halesowen Magistrates Court

Sep-13

314,250

Harlow County Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Harrow Magistrates Court

Mar-12

1,125,000

Hemel Hempstead Magistrates Court

Feb-13

650,000

Hitchin County Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Honiton Magistrates Court

Nov-14

183,000

Houghton-Le-Spring Magistrates Court

Jun-15

90,000

Huntingdon County Court

Located within Huntingdon Law Courts, building did not close

n/a

Ilford County Court

Jan-13

1,313,013

Ilkeston Magistrates Court

Oct-12

610,000

Keighley County Court

Nov-13

130,000

Kidderminster County Court,

Located within Kidderminster Magistrates' Court, building did not close

n/a

Kingston-upon-Thames Magistrates Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Knowsley Magistrates Court,

May-14

250,000

Lewes Magistrates Court

Apr-15

1,900,000

Liskeard Magistrates Court,

Dec-13

380,000

Llandovery Magistrates Court

Owned by local authority

n/a

Llangefni Magistrates Court

Leasehold property - Lease sold

32,228

Llwynypia Magistrates Court

Dec-11

471,010

Lowestoft County Court

Located within Lowestoft Magistrates' Court, building did not close

n/a

Ludlow County Court,

Leasehold property

n/a

Ludlow Magistrates Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Lyndhurst Magistrates Court

Disposal pending - Offer received and in solicitors hands

n/a

Market Drayton Magistrates Court

Sep-15

100,000

Market Harborough Magistrates Court

Jun-12

291,500

Melton Mowbray County Court

Jan-14

147,000

Melton Mowbray Magistrates Court

Located within same building as above

n/a

Mid-Sussex (Haywards Heath) Magistrates Court

Dec-14

2,105,000

Haywards Heath County Court

Located within same building as above

n/a

Newark County Court

Aug-12

405,000

Newark Magistrates Court

Located within same building as above

n/a

Newbury County Court,

Co-located in Newbury Magistrates' Court which remained open

n/a

Northwich County Court (same building as Mags),

Apr-12

260,000

Northwich Magistrates Court (FPC) (same as County)

Located within same building as above

n/a

Oswestry County Court

Dec-18

110,602

Oswestry Magistrates Court

Located within same building as above

110,602

Penrith County Court (same building as Mags)

Mar-12

174,600

Penrith Magistrates Court (same building a County)

Located within same building as above

n/a

Penzance County Court

Jul-12

230,000

Penzance Magistrates Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Pontypool County Court

Jun-14

200,000

Poole County Court

Located within Poole Magistrates' Court which remained open

n/a

Pwllheli Magistrates Court

Dec-12

131,013

Rawtenstall County Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Rawtenstall Magistrates Court

Oct-13

135,000

Redditch County Court

Apr-14

345,000

Retford Magistrates Court

Jan-14

151,000

Rochdale Magistrates Court

Aug-14

330,000

Rugby County Court

Feb-13

285,000

Rugby Magistrates Court

Located within same building as above

n/a

Runcorn County Court

Located within Runcorn Magistrates' Court which remained open

n/a

Rutland Magistrates Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Salford County Court

Located within County Court business centre (Admin centre)

n/a

Salford Magistrates Court

Mar-14

544,000

Shrewsbury County Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Sittingbourne Magistrates Court

Jan-13

430,000

Skegness County Court

Located within Skegness Magistrates' Court, which remained open

n/a

Southport (North Sefton) Magistrates Court

May-14

304,000

Southport County Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Stourbridge County Court

May-16

345,000

Stratford Upon Avon County Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Sudbury Magistrates Court

Jun-13

112,000

Sutton Coldfield Magistrates Court

Jul-12

440,000

Sutton Magistrates Court

Mar-12

2,247,000

Swaffham Magistrates Court

Jun-13

155,000

Tamworth County Court

Jul-13

437,500

Tamworth Magistrates Court

Located within same building as above

Thetford Magistrates Court

Aug-13

232,500

Totnes Magistrates Court

Sep-16

237,000

Towcester Magistrates Court

Feb-18

50,000

Tynedale (Hexham) Magistrates Court

Jun-12

102,500

Wellingborough County Court

Based within a Department of Work and Pensions building

n/a

West Bromwich Magistrates Court

Jun-12

160,000

Whitehaven County Court

Leasehold property

n/a

Whitehaven Magistrates Court

Dec-13

200,000

Wimborne Magistrates Court

Jul-15

310,000

Wisbech Magistrates Court

Mar-14

151,350

Witney Magistrates Court

Jul-11

330,000

Woking Magistrates Court

Oct-13

1,050,000

Woolwich Magistrates Court

May-12

335,000

Worksop County Court

Located within Worksop Magistrates' Court, which remained open

n/a

To note, the list does not include court integrations.

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