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Courts: Closures

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 31st October 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 that closed since 2010 have yet to be sold; and what the costs to the public purse have been of each of those court premises since the they were closed.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The table below provides courts that are closed but not disposed of and the holding costs since the court closed. Holding costs include utilities, rates, maintenance and security.

Court

Total

Banbury - Magistrates

£41,155

Birmingham (Youth Court) - Magistrates

£236,657

Chichester Combined Court (Southgate)

£65,555

Chichester - Magistrates

£245,002

Chorley - Magistrates

£75,286

Maidenhead - Magistrates

£94,952

Fleetwood - Magistrates

£56,137

Harlow - Magistrates

£20,457

Hartlepool - Magistrates

£214,562

Runcorn - Magistrates

£411,683

Scunthorpe - Magistrates

£133,559

Scunthorpe - Magistrates Offices

£132,946

Sheffield ETS

£142,416

Southampton Combined (Western Range)

£138,319

Sunderland - County

£56,505

Telford - County

£176,349

Torquay – Magistrates

£148,382

Since 2015/16 HMCTS has raised approximately £129m from the sale of surplus buildings to reinvest in the wider reform programme

The decision to close any court is not taken lightly – it only happens following full public consultation and only when effective access to justice can be maintained. Courts that have closed were either underused, dilapidated or too close to one another.

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