Corby magistrates launch bid to stop court closure

Corby Magistrates Court' is under threat of closure

Corby Magistrates Court' is under threat of closure

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Corby magistrates have launched a campaign to fight the proposed closure of the town’s court.

The magistrates court in Corby, as well as the one in Kettering, is on a list of more than 50 which could close if Government proposals go ahead.

If Corby Magistrates’ Court closes it would mean victims, witnesses and offenders travelling to court in Wellingborough or Northampton.

Terry Knights

Kettering County Court is also on the national list which the Ministry of Justice has released.

Local magistrates have now launched an online petition as part of their campaign to fight the closure of Corby Magistrates’ Court.

The petition, entitled Stop the Closure of Corby Magistrates’ Court, confirms that local magistrates believe firmly in the principle of local justice for local people and intend to fight to keep the court open.

Chairman of Corby Bench Terry Knights said: “We are passionate about local justice.

“Corby and north Northamptonshire is a fast growing region of the county and really needs its local court house.

“If Corby Magistrates’ Court closes it would mean victims, witnesses and offenders travelling to court in Wellingborough or Northampton.

“Even where public transport is available, we recognise that the extra cost of travelling so far would be well beyond the means of many court users.

“We are delighted that our local MP, Tom Pursglove, has already expressed his support and we are arranging to meet him soon.

“We are also urging our local Councils to oppose the proposal.

“We hope the public will agree that local justice is a cornerstone of our society and will show their support by signing our petition.”

You can sign the petition here.

The Ministry of Justice’s consultation period ends on October 8.

The full consultation document can be viewed here.