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Time for local SNP MSP's to show support for local courts

April 19, 2013 11:39 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has Alison McInnesAlison McInnesurged local SNP parliamentarians to show their support for local courts as SNP ministers announce they have approved Scottish Court Service proposals.

The proposals would result in the closure of nearly 1 in 5 sheriff courts in Scotland. These include:

Dornoch, Duns, Kirkcudbright, Peebles, Rothesay, Arbroath, Cupar, Dingwall, Haddington, Stonehaven

A further seven Justice of the Peace courts would close at Annan, Irvine, Motherwell, Cumbernauld, Portree, Stornoway, Wick.

Commenting, Ms McInnes said:

"Kenny MacAskill doesn't care about local courts but it's time for local SNP MSPs to show that they do. They have it in their power to save the local court in their area.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats believe that justice is best delivered as locally as possible. Once again, SNP ministers are ignoring the concerns of local communities."