Corby magistrates have submitted a ‘robust’ objection to the proposal which would close the town’s court house.
Following a three-month consultation period, magistrates have cited the need to keep justice local, the area’s ever-increasing population, difficult transport links and a significant back-log of cases in the county as key reasons to retain the court.
Chairman of Corby magistrates Terry Knights said: “We have presented a comprehensive response and the bench is clear that Corby Magistrates’ Court really is a vital service for the town and surrounding area.
“We are encouraged that we have had such strong support from MP Tom Pursglove as well as Corby Council, East Northamptonshire Council, Oundle Town Council and Northamptonshire County Council.
“Moreover, the responses from all the local benches – Corby, Kettering, Northampton and Wellingborough – are united in their view that there is already a woeful lack of court rooms in the county which is contributing to the back-log of cases. “This view has also been endorsed by the local full-time judiciary.
“It cannot be right that participants in both criminal and family cases face such a long wait for justice and this problem would only increase if Corby Magistrates’ Court is closed.
“The matter is now in the hands of the Ministry of Justice and we hope common sense will prevail and Corby magistrates will be able to continue to serve the local population for a long time to come.”