Magistrates’ Court Closure
The government announced in July this year that it was consulting on plans to close 91 courts and tribunals in England and Wales which were “underused” to save money. The Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Family Court in Old Nelson Street was listed as one of the courts affected. The proposals have caused concern amongst those living in Waveney as the proposed closures will leave just one court in Suffolk. The consultation ran for 12 weeks until 8 October.
Norton Peskett partners Rob Barley and James Hartley based in Lowestoft have submitted their own counter proposal to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). They are asking the MoJ to carry out a separate consultation looking at Court provision on the east coast.