Call for Cambridge Court to stay open

Lib Dems across Cambridgeshire want to stop the closure of Cambridge's Magistrates Court.

Closure would affect people in Cambridge, South Cambs and East Cambs who currently use the Cambridge Court.

Cllr Lorna Dupre is calling on the County Council to respond to the Government to say that that court should stay open.

The motion states:-

This Council currently notes the proposals for the future of Cambridge Magistrates Court, including the closure of the building with its work being relocated to existing courts in Cambridge, Huntingdon and Peterborough.

This Council also notes the current consultation being undertaken to find out the public's views on the proposals.

This Council objects to the proposals to close Cambridge Magistrates Court for the following reasons:

  1. (i)  that residents from the Cambridge and South and East Cambridgeshire areas could be forced to travel to Peterborough or Huntingdon to attend a hearing as participants in court proceedings;

  2. (ii)  that the proposals dilute the sense of place and mutual community responsibility which is valuable in underpinning the most local level of the justice system; and

  3. (iii)  that the impact assessment in relation to the proposals is flawed as it fails to monetise the costs to be imposed on court users.

This Council asks the Leader of the Council to write to the responsible minister, Lucy Frazer, MP setting out the Council’s objections to the proposals

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