MSP blasts court closure plan

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The closure of Motherwell’s court would have a significant adverse effect on the economy of the town, an MSP has claimed.

Conservative Central Scotland list MSP Margaret Mitchell, speaking during a Scottish Parliamentary debate, criticised a plan to axe Motherwell Justice of the Peace Court, one of five earmarked for closure by the Scottish Courts Service.

She said: “As the Federation of Small Businesses and many others pointed out in their responses to the Scottish Court Services’ consultation, courts have a positive economic impact of local areas.

“Therefore, I consider that the closure of Motherwell JP court will be a bitter blow for businesses already struggling in the town centre.

“In reality, the attempt to make savings by closing these courts and diverting criminal and civil business to already overstretched courts comes at the expense of victims and witnesses and without consideration of the effects on the local economy these closures may cause.”