Commenting on the announcement by the Scottish Court Service to close a number of Sheriff Courts across Scotland, Scottish Labour’s Jenny Marra MSP, said:

“The announcement today will be a substantial blow to the towns affected by these closures brought about by the SNP.

“Local courts ensure easy and speedy access to justice across the country. They are also vital economic contributors to their towns. To close courts and ask victims and witnesses to travel further with more inconvenience is simply unacceptable.

“The SNP are forcing through these cuts. This isn’t about justice, this is about budget cuts. Why is it that every time the SNP ‘reform’ our justice system, it actually means cuts?

“Where courts meet a geographic need, or where there is sufficient work to keep them open, then they should be maintained.”

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