Corby Council shows support for fight to keep town’s magistrates court open

Corby Magistrates Court
Corby Magistrates Court

A council has shown its support to those fighting to keep Corby Magistrates Court open.

Corby magistrates recently launched a campaign against the closure of the town’s magistrates court after it was revealed that Corby and Kettering are among several courts which may close as part of a stream-lining process.

We hope to see a positive outcome and that the court is able to remain in Corby

Magistrates say 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.

They have now received support from Corby Council as members of the authority’s One Corby Policy Committee agreed to oppose the closure of Corby Magistrates Court at a meeting held on Tuesday night.

A unanimous vote was made to support the magistrates in their campaign to keep the court open with members agreeing that the court is a vital service to the borough.

Leader of Corby Council and chairman of the committee, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “Corby Borough Council is happy to support the Corby Magistrates Court’s fight to remain open.

“Justice should be quick and as easy to access as possible, which is why a court service in the town is important so that unnecessary delays are avoided.

“We hope to see a positive outcome and that the court is able to remain in Corby.”

A consultation on the proposed closures runs until October.