Corby and East Northamptonshire MP, Tom Pursglove, has met local magistrates, Vivienne Barnard, Terry Knights, David Young and Mark Bate, to discuss the proposed closure of the town’s Magistrates Court.
During the meeting they discussed a plan of action to campaign against the closure of the much needed Corby Magistrates’ Court.
The proposed closure of the Court would mean that some local residents would have to travel over an hour to get to the next nearest court, in Wellingborough, should the plans go ahead.
Magistrates have already taken action, setting up a local online petition and nationally Tom has already made representations to the Secretary of State for Justice, the Rt. Hon Michael Gove MP.
Mr Pursglove’s told Connect FM: “I was very cross to hear that the Government is consulting on closing Corby Magistrates Court.
“I very much see the need for justice to be dispensed as locally as possible, and it is crucial that people are able to access court proceedings victims, perpetrators, those giving evidence, and members of the public.
“I have also already spoken to the Minister, and have written separately to the Secretary of State requesting a meeting.”
Terry Knights JP, Chairman of the Corby Bench, told Connect FM: “We need to save local justice for the benefit of all Corby and East Northamptonshire residents by stopping the closure of Corby Magistrates Court.
“We must also try to prevent the closure of all other magistrates courts that are under threat throughout the country.”