Whoa! Averaging 66,000 Unique Weekly Readers! 

Local News

Sugden halts plans for court closures

1 Mins read
Limavady Court
Limavady Court
BT Coleraine

Justice Minister Claire Sugden has halted plans to close six of Northern Ireland’s courthouses.

The decision to close courthouses in Armagh, Ballymena, Lisburn, Limavady, Magherafelt, and Strabane was taken during the previous Assembly mandate.

Minister Sugden said: “Having considered representations from the community and in light of a number of developments, including Lord Justice Gillen’s Review of Civil and Family Justice and the new Programme for Government focus on problem solving Justice, I do not consider that it would be appropriate to proceed with the proposed closures at this time.

“Recognising the need to rationalise the court estate, however, I must ensure that when moving forward we have sufficient flexibility to deliver better outcomes for the community through reform and innovation.  

“I have asked the NI Courts and Tribunals Service, working with the Lord Chief Justice, to consider the requirements of the court estate in the context of a changing justice environment, mindful that facilities must meet the needs of those using our courts and in particular that the needs of victims and witnesses.”

The Department will continue to monitor the use of the court estate and any future decisions around rationalisation would be subject to a fresh consultation.

Related posts
Local News

'USA gun' importation charge: Case file not due to be with prosecutors until next year

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppA PROSECUTOR says a full file in the case of a man charged with attempting to import a gun from the United…
Local News

Ballymoney man who was 'deliberately coughing' near till in Coleraine Subway outlet at start of covid pandemic avoids jail by 'hair's breadth'

3 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppA MAN who was “deliberately coughing” around the till area at a ‘Subway’ outlet at Coleraine’s Riverside Retail Park at the time…
Local News

Win From ‘Ho, Ho, Home’ With Coleraine’s Christmas Advent Calendar

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppAs a BIG festive thank-you to the local community who have continued to support Coleraine throughout 2020, an exciting Christmas Advent Calendar…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *