Arbroath Sheriff Court proposals accepted

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THE PLAN to close Arbroath Sheriff Court has been approved by the Scottish Government, it was announced today (Friday)

Last week after considering the responses to close the town facility and move all work to Forfar Sheriff Court, the Court Service said it would be going ahead with this plan in its final recommendations.

And today it was revealed that the Scottish Government have accepted these proposals, with justice secretary Kenny MacAskill saying: “Having given full and careful consideration of the Scottish Court Service’s recommendations and examined the analysis on the potential impact of these proposals, I believe that given the financial constraints we are all working under, these changes are justified and are compatible with our wider justice reforms.

Arbroath court currently serves not only Arbroath but Carnoustie, Monifieth and Montrose.

But as of next year, all staff and cases will move to Forfar.

Opinion on the court closure has been divided with some people believing it will be a blow to local justice and the High Street.

However others have welcomed the move saying it may actually benefit the town centre as it will see an end to prison transport vans parking in the main street.