86 Courts and Tribunals are scheduled for closure
In a not entirely welcomed decision, HM Courts and Tribunal Service has confirmed the closure of 19% of court buildings around England and Wales.
All of these Courts were already under consultation for closure due to a perceived lack of use; empty for two thirds of potential hearing time, or in use on average two days per week.
Concerns have been raised about the accessibility of courts for those people who will now have to travel further, and the impact upon the remaining courts of increased caseload, but ministers appear unphased and determined to continue in cutting costs.
In the London area Hammersmith County Court (previously West London) will close with the workload directed to Wandsworth CC.
Woolwich CC will close with the workload going to Bromley CC and housing cases going to “a civil building in the Woolwich area”.
Bow County Court will close with the workload going to Clerkenwell and Shoreditch CC and Housing cases going to Stratford Magistrates Court
Lambeth County Court will close with the work load going to Wandsworth and housing cases going to Camberwell Green Magistrates Court.
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