Court closure

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North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has again criticised the Scottish Government’s closure of local courts including Arbroath.

Arbroath Sheriff Court closed officially on Friday prompting the MSP, who is also her party’s justice spokesperson, to comment. “It is lamentable that the Scottish Government has refused to listen to local concerns. This is the end of an era.”

All court business has been transferred to Forfar Sheriff Court as of today.

Mrs McInnes added: “Scottish Liberal Democrats believe that justice is best delivered as locally as possible. Shifting cases to Forfar will cause major inconvenience for people travelling to court. “Furthermore the court reform Bill which is currently going through parliament will mean that there will be more civil work for local courts. We could soon see a situation where increased delays in the justice process are inevitable.

“The day these courts close will be a sad day. This will bring to an end a long tradition over many centuries. Over that time the courts have served the people well.”