John Mann has today (Wednesday) slammed a proposal into the possible closure of Worksop Magistrates’ Court.
The Bassetlaw MP has reacted angrily to plans by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service to start a consultation into the use of the courthouse.
Mr Mann said: “Worksop has a proud history of 800 years of local justice. This closure would end that history.”
“By announcing its plan to close the courthouse today, only an hour after the budget, the Government is clearly trying to avoid a scandal by burying the story on a busy news day.”
“This is part of a concerted campaign to strip Worksop of its local justice facilities – we have seen exactly the same with the police cells.”
“This Russian-style stamping on local democracy, and plots to manipulate the media coverage, must be exposed for what it is. In Worksop we have had enough of these closures, and we will fight to keep our court.”
The six-week consultation proposes reducing the number and type of cases held in the Potter Street building.
It proposes sending all youth, family, civil and criminal cases to Mansfield Magistrates’ Court. The building in Worksop would only be used for sentencings, civil and family work when it cannot be accommodated in courts elsewhere.