MoJ looks to close courts to reduce costs

MoJ looks to close courts to reduce costs

In a further consultation the MoJ is looking to reduce the HMCTS estate by closing one in five courts to reduce the current cost to taxpayers of approximately £500 million each year.

The closures were trailed by justice secretary Michael Gove in a speech last month – his first since coming to office. They are similar in scale to a closure programme announced in December 2010 which confirmed the shutting of 141 courts.

The proposals include the following closures:

  • 57 magistrates’ courts
  • 19 county courts
  • 2 Crown courts

Integration will involve two magistrates' courts, 11 county courts, 2 Crown courts, 15 tribunal hearing centres and 1 combined court.

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