Reprieve for Courthouse
Thursday, 3 November 2016
THE announcement by Justice Minister Claire Sugden to halt plans to close Limavady Courthouse has been warmly welcomed. 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.
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