MP for Corby & East Northants meets magistrates to discuss closure of Corby court

Corby and East Northants MP Tom Pursglove has met with Corby magistrates Vivienne Barnard, Terry Knights, David Young and Mark Bate
Corby and East Northants MP Tom Pursglove has met with Corby magistrates Vivienne Barnard, Terry Knights, David Young and Mark Bate

MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire Tom Pursglove has met with Corby magistrates to discuss the proposed closure of Corby Magistrates Court.

During the meeting with Vivienne Barnard, Terry Knights, David Young and Mark Bate, they discussed a plan of action to campaign against the closure of the town’s magistrates court.

We need to save local justice for the benefit of all Corby and East Northamptonshire residents by stopping the closure of Corby Magistrates Court

Terry Knights JP

The proposed closure of the court would mean that some people would have to travel for more than an hour to get to the next nearest court, in Wellingborough, should the plans go ahead.

Magistrates have already taken action, setting up an online petition and nationally Tom has already made representations to the Secretary of State for Justice, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP.

Mr Pursglove said: “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.

“You can rest assured that I will be fighting these closure proposals every step of the way.

“I am very keen to work closely with local magistrates in order to achieve this, and we have had a positive meeting about exactly that.

“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, said: “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.

“It is in the interests of us all that justice remains local, otherwise, there will be two tiers of justice: one for large cities, where public transport is frequent and relatively low cost, and another for rural areas.

“Justice needs to be consistent across our nation and not penalise unjustly those court users who have difficulty in travelling to court.”