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Knutsford Crown Court

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to the potential use of Knutsford Crown Court for magistrates hearings. (185756)

Her Majesty's Courts Service in Cheshire-Merseyside has developed an estates strategy that aims to identify opportunities to maximise the utilisation of all its buildings. The option to utilise Knutsford Crown Court as a magistrates court does not presently form part of the strategy, although cases are occasionally listed at Knutsford magistrates court from both Macclesfield and Vale Royal magistrates courts. Dates on which such cases are currently listed are as follows:

Date

Local justice area

12 February 2008

Macclesfield

13 February 2008

Vale Royal

14 February 2008

Vale Royal

25 February 2008

Macclesfield

26 February 2008

Macclesfield

27 February 2008

Macclesfield

28 February 2008

Macclesfield

4 March 2008

Vale Royal

5 March 2008

Vale Royal

6 March 2008

Vale Royal

7 March 2008

Vale Royal

17 March 2008

Vale Royal

18 March 2008

Vale Royal

19 March 2008

Vale Royal

31 March 2008

Vale Royal

1 April 2008

Vale Royal

2 April 2008

Vale Royal

3 April 2008

Vale Royal

4 April 2008

Vale Royal

A feasibility study to improve and/or replace Macclesfield magistrates court and a potential integration scheme with Macclesfield county court is under consideration and the Ministry of Justice Building Review Group will shortly receive a bid in this respect.