MP CAMPAIGNS FOR AN ALTERNATIVE AFTER THE CLOSURE OF EVESHAM COUNTY COURT
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Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly has today announced that 93 magistrates’ courts and 49 county courts in England and Wales will be closed. The announcement includes the end of the County Court at Evesham.


Evesham’s MP Peter Luff reluctantly accepts the closure but said,

“We must protect access to justice for local people. We will have to be imaginative and use new technology, including video conferences with judges. This would let people make their representations to the court without having to travel unreasonable distances. Innovations like these are government policy and would work well in Evesham’s case.

“I understand that the current court arrangements were unsustainable - the building itself was hardly up to the standards of the twenty first century. Done well, the right changes could mean a better, more efficient and more modern system of justice in the future.”

Peter is writing to Jonathan Djanogly to urge him to provide an alternative service. In his letter, Peter writes,

“We must explore the possibility of the new court facility joining up with HM Revenue and Customs, who are planning a replacement face-to-face tax advice centre, in a single government facility. One possible place, if there’s the space, would be the Evesham Community Contact Centre where the Job Centre is already located.”


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