The Government has announced plans to close courts across Yorkshire. It says they're 'surplus to requirements'. We disagree. When considered alongside cuts to legal aid the closure of local Courts will restrict people’s access to justice, particularly for people without the means to travel easily.
The courts in Yorkshire earmarked for closure are:
- Halifax County Court
- Halifax Magistrates Court
- Halifax Family Court
- Wakefield Magistrates Court
- Rotherham County Court
- Rotherham Magistrates Court
- Rotherham Family Court
We're calling on the Government to withdraw these plans to close courts across Yorkshire, and for the Government to devolve power to make decisions like this to Yorkshire. Choices about Yorkshire's public services should be made in Yorkshire, rather than by unaccountable civil servants in London.
Please sign our petition calling on the Government to think again, and not cut off the most vulnerable in society from the justice they deserve.