Buxton magistrates court earmarked for closure

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

Buxton magistrates court could be closed under government plans announced this week.

A consultation has started today (Thursday) on plans to close 91 courts across the country, as part of the plans to reform courts and tribunals in England in Wales.

The magistrates’ court in Buxton, which is situated on Terrace Road and is called High Peak Magistrates’ Court, also features the local county court.

Across the country, 57 magistrates, 19 county, two crown and nine combined courts plus four tribunal hearing centres have been earmarked for closure.

Documentation issued as part of the consultation states that the courts that have been earmarked for closure are either unused or underused.

It adds that even after the closures, should they go ahead, over 95 per cent of people should be able to reach their required court within an hour.

In rural locations, alternative ways for people to access the services could include using civic and other public buildings, such as town halls, for hearings.

The consultation closes on October 8.

For more information, see https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/proposal-on-the-provision-of-court-and-tribunal-es/user_uploads/reform-estates-national-consultation_official-sensitive_final.pdf.