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Sutton Coldfield's Magistrate Court threatened with closure - local news
Sutton Coldfield's magistrates' court is once again threatened with closure, eight years after a successful campaign saved it from the axe. The building, located on Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield was named as one of the 103 courts the Ministry of Justice is proposing to close as a way of saving around
£35m a year in maintenance and running costs.
The Government, has launched a consultation into the future of the court and will explore the idea of moving cases to Birmingham Magistrates' Court
and combining the Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham justice areas.

Courts Minister Jonathan Djanogly said in a statement: "When public finances are under pressure, it is vital to eliminate waste and reduce costs.
"The arrangements we have, are historical and now need to be re-assessed to ask whether they properly meet the needs of communities as they are today.
"We now have the opportunity to think afresh about how we can create a more modern fit-for-purpose justice system in line with the way we live our lives today.
"We should not think about access to justice as simply a question of length of the journey to the nearest court."
Andrew Mitchell, MP for Sutton Coldfield, who strongly backed the original campaign to save the court, said: "It is obviously right to look at value for money in every area of public life because of the dreadful economic circumstances which the coalition government has inherited.
"However, I am confident that the same arguments which saw off the threat to our court in Sutton eight years ago will be just as strong, if not stronger, today.
"I will be coordinating all the arguments in favour of Sutton Coldfield's court continuing with other like-minded opinion formers throughout Sutton Coldfield."
And the Magistrates' Association, which represents the views of magistrates across the country, has opposed the potential closures, saying the move would undermine the fundamental principle of local justice being delivered in the communities where offences are committed."The Association has already proposed innovative and cost-effective procedures for delivering community justice," said John Thornhill, chairman of the MA.
"We look forward to discussing such proposals with the Government to develop a cohesive justice system in which crucial decisions on dealing with those who offend against fellow citizens are dealt with in a consistent manner by dedicated magistrates properly trained for this vital role."
Posted On:  01 July, 2010
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