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Courts Service: Estate

Volume 715: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Bach on 13 October (WS 21–2) on the proposed closure of certain courts, what are the courts within reasonable travelling distance of Louth, Gainsborough, Launceston and Cullompton; and, in the event of closures, whether those other courts will be used for all business that would have been dealt with by the closed courts. [HL387]

Further to my Statement on the 13 October to consult on the proposed closure of 21 significantly underutilised courts. The courts within reasonable travelling distance of Louth, Gainsborough, Launceston and Cullompton, which are already being used and in the event of closure will continue to be used for the business that would have been dealt with by the closed courts, are as follows:

Louth

Skegness Magistrates' Court (24 miles away).

Gainsborough

Lincoln Magistrates' Court (20 miles away).

Launceston

most criminal business at Bodmin Law Courts (22 miles away);

some criminal cases at Liskeard Magistrates' Court (20 miles away);

for family cases, either Bodmin or Liskeard, according to availability and the convenience of the parties.

Cullompton

virtually all criminal business at Exeter Magistrates' Court (14 miles away);

family business at Exeter Combined Court Centre (14 miles away); and

for occasional non-police prosecutions, Honiton Magistrates' Court (11 miles away).