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Justice Committee urged to back motion to save locally delivered justice

May 20, 2013 3:59 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP hasAlison McInnesAlison McInnes today signed a joint motion to annul Parliamentary Orders which would close a third of Scotland's local Sheriff Courts.

Only if the motion to annul is agreed to by the justice committee will the whole parliament be able to vote on this crucial issue. Ms McInnes is calling on all members of the justice committee to vote to annul these orders.

Commenting, Ms McInnes said:

"We're at the eleventh hour but there is still time to save locally delivered justice in communities across Scotland. If members on the Justice Committee back our cross-party motion, it would push the bill into the chamber where all MSPs would be able to speak up for their local community.

"That is why we need members who hold the swing vote - John Finnie and Rod Campbell - to back this motion when it comes before committee. Kenny MacAskill's answers to our parliamentary questions have made clear that purpose built justice centres are nothing but a mirage.

"There are no plans whatsoever to build a justice centre in any town in Scotland. The only way to protect locally delivered justice is to defend our local courts in places like Stonehaven, Peebles, Cupar, Rothesay and Arbroath."