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Empty Shopping Units Could Be Used As Magistrates Courts

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I wonder if "well to do" Rupert being done for drink driving would be treated the same as a burglar?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1303891/Shopping-centres-turned-magistrates-courts-Government-cost-cutting.html

Empty stores in shopping centres and High Streets could be turned into courts in the latest cost-cutting plan being considered by Whitehall. Hearings could take place in glass-fronted rooms to allow shoppers to witness justice at first-hand.

The proposal will be put to the Ministry of Justice by the Magistrates' Association ahead of autumn’s spending review. The Ministry of Justice has already announced a cull of magistrates’ courts across England and Wales.

But magistrates argue their plan would save cash as it would make use of vacant space in the recession-plagued retail trade. It would also mean that hearings could be take place on a Saturday and closer to home for both victims and offenders.

John Howson, deputy chairman of the Magistrates' Association, said: ‘Why not use a unit in a shopping centre with a glass front where everyone can see what is going on?’

He added that hearings could take place in malls so that ‘instead of a shoplifter being taken to the police station and it taking hours to build a file, even if they are going to plead guilty, they could be dealt with far more quickly’.

At least 103 magistrates' courts and 54 county courts are to be closed as part of the Ministry of Justice’s budget cuts, saving £37million a year.

The department also faces an even bigger cull of staff, with one in five, or 15,000, threatened with the axe. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has proposed cutting 25 per cent from his department’s £9billion budget.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: 'The Government is committed to supporting local justice, and is determined to re-assess the courts system to ensure it properly meets the needs of today’s communities.

'No decisions have been made on court closures and all responses to the consultation will be considered before decisions are made.

‘We welcome the views of the Magistrates’ Association and look forward to receiving them.’

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1. Justice in public would be a nice change - ever gone down to your local magistrate's court? You need permission to enter.

2. This is a load of bollix - 120 mags courts are expected to close down.

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A motley assortment of chavs arrested for drunken assault being dragged through any shopping centre handcuffed to an overweight Group 4 security guard should ensure it remains almost unscathed by the recession.

In terms of an atrocious use of space in a shopping centre this ranks pretty highly. Come back Barrymore, all is forgiven. 'My Kind Of Council Tax Evader', I'm going to pitch it to ITV.

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amazing that cutting 157 odd courts saves 'only' 37 million pounds - we have become accustomed to banking hucksters talking in trillions that such an amount seems almost irrelevant now

cut overseas aid before you start cutting essential services like courts

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cut overseas aid before you start cutting essential services like courts

It sounds completely nuts . . . until you remember that essential services like Post Offices were indeed moved to a corner in a sweetshop or the back of a dry cleaners.

So, why empty shops? Somewhere like ASDA could free up some space and run the courts as a franchise - regulated of course by an appropriate body. (Offcuff?)

Does this imply that there will be a lot of magistrates courts coming on to the property market?

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amazing that cutting 157 odd courts saves 'only' 37 million pounds - we have become accustomed to banking hucksters talking in trillions that such an amount seems almost irrelevant now

cut overseas aid before you start cutting essential services like courts

100% agreed.

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