COURT CLOSURE: Irrelevant to them that local justice is at risk

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Further to your article on the possible closure of the Spalding Magistrates Court.

This salami slicing of court services is by far the most common tactic used by HM Courts Service.

As a retired magistrate I have seen this reduction in services time and time again.

I know it is difficult to give up but magistrates are being sidelined because of the costs involved.

District judges have taken over the role of magistrates as they can get through cases a lot quicker, in most instances do not require a clerk and are a lot cheaper to operate. So the next reduction in costs is the closure of local courts.

It’s irrelevant to the powers that be that local justice is at risk.

HC Huett

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