Call to stop closure of Cambridge Magistrates' Court


Cambridge Liberal Democrats are bringing a motion to Cambridge City Council's meeting on Thursday seeking for the Leader of the Council to write to Lucy Frazer MP, the responsible minister at the Ministry of Justice, objecting to the proposed closure.

Rod Cantrill, The Lib Dem Shadow MP for Cambridge commented

"If the closure happens, this will result in Cambridge a rapidly growing city having no Magistrates' Court to serve residents from the city and the surrounding area.  As a result people from Cambridge will be forced to travel to Huntingdon or Peterborough to attend a hearing.  For the majority of people this will result in an increase in travel costs, particularly when public transport connections are limited. 

The step will also dilute the sense of place and the mutual community responsibility valuable in underpinning the most local level of the justice system.

I also believe that the process is flawed as the impact assessment used in the evaluation fails to monetise the costs to be imposed on the court users."   

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