Spending cuts: Nine Yorkshiure magistrate courts to shut

Nine Yorkshire courts are to be closed as part of the Government's dramatic spending cuts.

The Ministry of Justice is shutting magistrates' courts in Pontefract, Selby, Goole, Batley and Dewsbury as well as Keighley Magistrates, which sits at the Bingley court house,

The Pontefract, Keighley, Goole and Dewsbury county courts will also close.

They are among 93 magistrates' courts and 49 county courts across the country to be axed.

Following a six month consultation, none of the courts in West Yorkshire originally earmarked for the axe in June has been spared from the axe.

The closures will save 41.5m over four years. The Government also stands to make 38.5m from the sale of the courts and other assets.

Justice minister Mr Djanogly said: "An estate of over 500 court buildings is not now necessary or sustainable, nor is it a reasonable expense for the taxpayer.

"We are closing the worst courts in the estate – so we can concentrate our limited resources on the best ones."

The MOJ is looking at whether police officers can give evidence in trials via a live video link from their police stations. This could free up officers to spend more time on patrol, Mr Djanogly said.

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