Closure of Torquay Magistrates Court threatens access to justice - local Liberal Democrats warn.
Liberal Democrats have warned the closure of Torquay Magistrates Court threatens to undermine access to justice for local people in South Devon.
Victims and witnesses will have to travel up to two hours away to attend their nearest Magistrate proceedings rather than going to their local court.
Liberal Democrats support any attempts to upgrade our legal system but this should be done while maintaining a high functioning and local justice system.
Former Torbay MP Councillor Adrian Sanders said:
“Although tired and in need of some improvements Torquay Magistrates Court has served our community well. Transferring its services to Plymouth and Exeter rather than staying in South Devon will not serve the interests of justice upon which the system is supposedly founded.
As I argued the last time Torquay's Magistrates Court was under the spotlight, Courts should only be closed where it can be demonstrated that local communities will not lose out. The Government should have conducted a proper open and transparent local needs assessment before reaching this decision. It is not too late to carry one out. However, it is no good Conservative MPs bleating about their Government's decision. If you vote for public spending cuts this is what happens.”
Contact: Adrian Sanders 07712 633476