Spalding Magistrates' Court: proposal on its future

Closed 12 Aug 2014

Opened 1 Jul 2014

Results Updated 25 Nov 2014

A total of 42 responses were received to the ‘Proposal on the future of Spalding Magistrates' Court’ consultation. Following careful consideration of these responses, the Government has decided to proceed with the closure of Spalding Magistrates' Court.

This consultation response document provides a summary of the responses received, conclusions and next steps following the decision.

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Overview

This is a consultation on a proposal to close Spalding Magistrates’ Court.

The court has not heard any cases since January 2014 due to the reduction in workload and poor standard of accommodation. The improvements required to make the court operable would cost more than the value of the building.

All custodial work was transferred to Grantham Magistrates’ Court in July 2012.  In January this year all remaining work was moved to Boston Magistrates’ Court which provides an excellent standard of facilities to all HM Courts & Tribunals Service users.

The proposals within this consultation aim to ensure our court estate is used more efficiently and the closure of Spalding Magistrates' Court would offer HM Courts & Tribunals Service savings of around £40,000 a year. 

The consultation is aimed at court users, magistracy, judiciary, and anyone else with an interest in the provision of local justice arrangements in Lincolnshire.

Audiences

  • Citizens
  • Litigants
  • Legal professionals
  • Judiciary
  • Police
  • Prosecutors
  • Court & Tribunal staff

Interests

  • Courts
  • Access to justice