Rotherham MPs oppose court closure

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JUSTICE Secretary Michael Gove has been urged to scrap plans to close Rotherham Magistrates Court.

The Ministry of Justice has set out proposals to sell off the Rotherham court as well as court buildings in Halifax and Wakefield as part of a wider closure programme.

The Government argues the buildings are underused and no longer represent value for money to the taxpayer.

The three MPs for the Rotherham area, John Healey, Kevin Barron and Sarah Champion have written to Mr Gove to register their opposition to the plan.

In a joint statement, the MPs said: “These proposals would be hugely damaging to the delivery of justice in Rotherham.

“By closing the Court, the Ministry of Justice would undermine the principle of local justice, delivered locally, which is at the heart of the British justice system.

“Confidence in the justice system in Rotherham has been sorely tested in recent years and we believe that the closure of the Court would send entirely the wrong message.

“We believe the Ministry of Justice should look again at this damaging proposal and ensure that the principle of local justice is upheld.”