More South Holland criminal cases look likely to be held in Boston, with the news that Skegness and Grantham magistrates courts are to close by September.
Cases from our area are currently held in Boston, Skegness, Lincoln and Grantham
The Ministry of Justice confirmed on Thursday that Skegness and Grantham will join 83 other courts set to close.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid, Shailesh Vara said the Government had been investing £700 million in its court and tribunal estate – including ‘installing modern IT systems and making the justice system more efficient and effective’.
However, he said many of the current 460 court buildings are ‘underused’ quoting that ‘last year 48 per cent of all courts and tribunals were empty for at least half their available hearing time’.
He said: “These buildings are expensive to maintain yet unsuitable for modern technology.
“Court closures are difficult decisions; local communities have strong allegiances to their local courts and I understand their concerns. But changes to the estate are vital if we are to modernise a system which everybody accepts is unwieldy, inefficient, slow, expensive to maintain and unduly bureaucratic.”
In a statement, HM Courts & Tribunals Service said it would look to relocate any useable equipment into other buildings such as Boston and Lincoln if required.