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Court adjourned for the last time

Sheriff Principal Brian Lockhart and guests at court closing ceremony.

Sheriff Principal Brian Lockhart and guests at court closing ceremony.

Motherwell JP Court closed its doors for the last time today.

It’s a victim of Scottish Government cuts which have led to sheriff and JP court closures across the country.

The decision was taken despite fierce oppositon from politicians and lawyers who claimed the closure would inconvenience everyone involved in the justice process as they would have to travel to Hamilton for cases.

A formal closing ceremony was presided over by Sheriff Principal Brian Lockhart.

He told an audience of justices, court staff and representatives of the legal profession: “The court is closing for budgetary reasons.

“But we are not here to debate whether it is appropriate that this court closes. We are acknowledging the substantial contribution that first the burgh court then the district court and finally the JP court in Motherwell have made to the administration of justice over the years.”

The JP court deals mainly with minor public order and traffic offences. From now on cases will be dealt with at the JP court in Campbell Street, Hamilton.

What do you think of the court’s closure and what are your memories of it? Let us know.

 

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