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The provision of court and tribunal estate in England and Wales

In June 2015 the Government announced their intention to reform courts and tribunals in England and Wales.  Part of this reform is the increased use of video, technology and online conferencing.  This consultation is about the proposals to reduce surplus capacity by closing those courts and tribunals that are underused, or are unsuitable for the services provided in them.  The courts and tribunals proposed for closure represent 16% of the hearing rooms across the estate. The majority of these courts are not used for at least two thirds of their available time.

In relation to the East Anglia region, the proposals include the closure of the following courts and tribunals:

Bury St. Edmunds Magistrates' Court and Family Court and Bury St. Edmunds Crown Court;

Colchester County Court and Family Court;

Colchester County Court offices;

Lowestoft Magistrates' Court, County Court and Family Court.

Link to the consultation: - Consultation on Court and Tribunal closure

Link to response from Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils, approved by the Strategy and Executive committees of each council - Response to Magistrates Courts consultation

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