The justice secretary has visited Corby to discover more about the way the criminal justice system works in the county.
Chris Grayling was in the town this afternoon (Thursday, November 20) to meet magistrates.
He said he was making the trip to Northamptonshire to listen to any concerns magistrates had.
Mr Grayling also said there was no immediate threat to the future of Corby’s Elizabeth Street court.
He told the Northants Telegraph: “It’s really a fact-finding day. I spend quite a lot of time visiting different parts of the justice system. People say we are out of touch but part of my job is not to spend all of my time in Westminster.
“I do think we have to do more to demonstrate to our magistrates that they are really important.”
He added: “The magistrates have less to do today than they used to, which is a good thing because there’s now less crime in Corby and elsewhere.”