Further court closures will bring ‘chaos’

Shadow Justice Minister Andy Slaughter has warned the Government that a further round of Court closures would be 'reckless and chaotic'.

Speculation is growing that the Ministry of Justice will soon announce at least 80 further court closures - mainly Magistrates' Courts - to add to the 142 that have been culled since 2010.

Last week it was confirmed that Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has agreed a further £680m budget cut for 2015/16 with Chancellor George Osborne, on top of around £2bn savings made by 2015.

Slaughter warned any widespread programme of Court closures would mean 'we will no longer have a local Court system in this country'.

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