Worksop: Rumours of court closure gather pace

Worksop Magistrates court
Worksop Magistrates court

Worksop Magistrates’ Court could be under threat after rumours of its closure gathered pace.

The move would follow the closure of Worksop’s custody suite, which ceased to function in 2011, and the closure of Retford Magistrates’ Court the same year..

Rumours have surrounded the future of the court throughout the year, beginning with the closure of its Retford sister court.

A decision to close the Worksop court would require those involved in proceedings to travel approximately 15 miles to the magistrates’ court in Mansfield - a trip of around half an hour.

Bassetlaw MP John Mann said he fully expected the court to be closig after the next Spending Review.

He added: “For 800 years we’ve done justice locally, and now Kenneth Clarke and the government are taking that away.”

“It’s an affront to democracy - it’ll mean higher policing costs, less criminals arrested, and make it harder for innocent people to defend themselves.”

“The government are looking to spend money bombing Syria but say they need to cut costs by closing courts, it’s completely the wrong priorities.”

“I’d like to challenge Kenneth Clarke to a debate here on access to local justice, to hear how they can justify it.”

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the court in Worksop was ‘not currently part of a planned closure programme,’ and that no decision would be taken without a full consultation.

No member of staff at the magistrates’ court would be drawn on the rumours.