AM draws attention to proposed court closures consultation

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is drawing constituents’ attention to a consultation by the HM Courts and Tribunals Service to close the Magistrates’ Courts at Abergavenny and Caerphilly, with the workload transferring to Newport and Cwmbran.

Commenting on the proposal, Mr Ramsay said:

“I am told that the move to Newport and Cwmbran Magistrates’ Courts would deliver much improved facilities for both court users and magistrates as well as providing better value for money to the taxpayer.

“H M Courts and Tribunals Service maintain that the amount of criminal business across Gwent means that it is no longer economically viable to continue to hold magistrates’ court sittings in four separate locations across the Local Justice Area.

“Another factor is that both Abergavenny and Caerphilly Magistrates’ Courts are in need of restoration and the cost of any necessary repairs would be considerable.

“I would urge anyone who would like to comment on the proposal to take part in the consultation. Responses, which have to be received by 21st July 2014, should be sent to H M Courts and Tribunals Service Wales Consultation, Wales Support Unit, 2nd Floor, Cardiff and Vale Magistrates’ Court, Fitzalan Place, Cardiff CF24 0RZ or email:HMCTSWalesConsultation@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk

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