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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.



Banbury - Magistrates


Birmingham (Youth Court) - Magistrates


Chichester Combined Court (Southgate)


Chichester - Magistrates


Chorley - Magistrates


Maidenhead - Magistrates


Fleetwood - Magistrates


Harlow - Magistrates


Hartlepool - Magistrates


Runcorn - Magistrates


Scunthorpe - Magistrates


Scunthorpe - Magistrates Offices


Sheffield ETS


Southampton Combined (Western Range)


Sunderland - County


Telford - County


Torquay – Magistrates


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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