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Closure threat remains at town’s courthouse

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

Where is it Burton Magistrates court

Where is it Burton Magistrates court

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NATIONAL courts bosses have remained tight-lipped over rumours that Burton Magistrates’ Court could be set to close its doors forever.

Speculation has been rife for some time that the historic building in Horninglow Street could be shut, but officials at HM Courts and Tribunals have said they will neither confirm nor deny the gossip.

Instead, they said that continuous reviews would be taking place of the court system in general throughout the country.

A spokesman for the service told the Mail: “HM Courts & Tribunals Service is committed to providing an effective and efficient service to court and tribunal users, to focus resources on front line services and provide access to justice.

“It will continue to review the estate to ensure it meets operational requirements.

“Any new proposals to close courts beyond those already announced would be subject to consultation.”

A consultation several years ago led to the closure of 93 magistrates courts around the country.

The site in Tamworth was one of those selected for closure in 2010, and cases from that area are now heard in Burton.

Burton’s County Court, in Station Street, was also condemned to close in the same review.

Rumours that the court would close were stifled last summer, when staff were apparently told the site was safe for at least two years. It was thought this reprieve could be connected to the high workload at the courthouse.

However, questions resurfaced towards the end of last year, and the speculation has continued.

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