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Magistrates Courts

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which magistrates courts have (a) closed and (b) opened in each of the last 20 years. (96936)

Up until 1 April 2005 magistrates courts were the responsibility of locally managed Magistrates Courts Committees who were statutorily independent. They were not required by statute to inform the Department of any magistrates courts closures that were not subject to an appeal under Section 56 (3) of the Justices of the Peace Act 1997 (now repealed).

The following tables detail the magistrates court closures and openings that the Department has been notified of since 1995.

(a) Magistrates courts closed since 1995

Courthouse closed

1995

Nottingham (Guildhall)

Nottingham (Sand Field House)

Bala

Hunstanton

Pembroke

Tywn

Whitminster

1996

Bromley (South Street)

Mansfield (Commercial Street)

Hornsea

Howden

Market Weighton

Old Street

Halstead

Biddulph

Kidsgrove

Cheadle

Tonbridge

Amlwch

Colwyn Bay

Bedale

Easingwold

East Dereham

Bleanau Festiniog

Ingleton

Leyburn

Llangollen

Thirsk

1997

Ellesmere Port

Hampstead

Marylebone

Otley

Seaham

Bromsgrove

Ledbury

Hebburn

South Shields (Kepple Street)

Chippenham (Market Place)

Ashton Under Lyne (Manchester Road)

Duckinsfield

Thorne

Pontardawe

Braintree

Stokeley

Clacton on Sea

Bargoed

Monmouth

Pontlttyn

Pontypool

1998

Malton

Marlborough Street

Bishop's Stortford

Hatfield

Hitchin

Market Rasen

Chertsey

Farnham

Oxted

Lutterworth

Ripon

Barnard Castle

Clerkenwell

Sheerness

West Malling

Lytham

Diss

Corwen

Felixstowe

Haverhill

Saxmundam

Stowmarket

Newmarket

March

Saffron Walden

1999

Christchurch

Abingdon

Henley on Thames

Windsor

Morley

Pudsey

Stow on the Wold

2000

Ampthill

Biggleswade

Dunstable

Leighton Buzzard

Lichfield

Keighley

Keswick

Windermere

Wigton

Appleby

Gravesend

Wootton Bassett

Abergele

2001

Alfreton

Ashbourne

Bakewell

Matlock

Leigh

Middleton

Leek

Worcester

Warrington Patten Hall

Macclesfield Park Green

Bideford

Exmouth

Kingsbridge

South Molton

Teignmouth

Tavistock

Axminster

Tiverton

Newquay

Southampton (Commercial Road)

Womborne

Gillingham

Bridlington

Brough

Driffield

Hull (Guildhall)

Hull (Lowgate)

Pocklington

Withensea

Arundel

2002

Bridgenorth

Leominster

Fakenham

Tunbridge Wells

Beaconsfield

Buckingham

Evesham

2003

Thame

Droitwitch

Machynlleth

Chester Le Street

Rugeley

Lampeter

Tenby

Camberley

Trowbridge

Whitchurch

Long Sutton

Caistor

Horncastle

2004

Richmond, Yorks

Stourbridge

2006

Wetherby

Bow Street

(b) Magistrates courts opened since 1995

Courthouse opened

1995

Newham

Shrewsbury

Rhondda

Barrow

Bexley

Milton Keynes

Bromley

1996

Mansfield

Lyndhurst

Tottenham

Grantham

Swindon

Greenwich

Nottingham

Oswestry

St. Helens

1997

York

St. Albans

Stevenage

Skegness

1998

West London

Ashton Under Lyne

Birmingham (youth court)

South Shields

Chippenham

2001

Hereford

Kidderminster

Beverley

Bridlington

2002

Worcester

Southampton

Hull

2003

Haverfordwest

Redditch

2004

Manchester

Derby

Chesterfield

Nuneaton

2005

Worle