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Arbroath court prepares for May closure

Work has started on the transfer of cases from arbroath to Forfar Sheriff Court ahead of its closure.

Work has started on the transfer of cases from arbroath to Forfar Sheriff Court ahead of its closure.

Work is already beginning to prepare for the closure of Arbroath Sheriff Court in May when all work will move to the Forfar facility.

The Scottish Court Service revealed today (Thursday) that improvements were being made to the Forfar court and that they had recently purchased the former Angus Council building to the near of the facility too.

Work is also ongoing in Arbroath to set up a video link facility so vulnerable witnesses from the area aren’t required to travel.

The SCS say the Forfar court will see additional space created as well as new accommodation for Victim Support Scotland.

There will also be improved disabled access, secure custody facilities as well as an additional courtroom to increase business capacity. 

SCS Chief Executive Eric McQueen said: “In our proposal to close certain courts we highlighted that this would give us the ability to target much needed investment in the remainder of our estate.

“We have been able to prioritise works at Forfar to support its court users and ensure a smooth integration of business from Arbroath when it closes at the end of May.

“Separately, additional work is proceeding to provide video link technology in Arbroath to allow the evidence of vulnerable witnesses to be given from that location to any court in Scotland.”

 

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