Bute court campaigners to meet justice secretary

Campaigners battling to stop the closure of Rothesay Sheriff Court, which sits each Monday at Argyll and Bute Council's local offices at Eaglesham House, will meet justice minister Kenny Macaskill in Edinburgh on May 23.
Campaigners battling to stop the closure of Rothesay Sheriff Court, which sits each Monday at Argyll and Bute Council's local offices at Eaglesham House, will meet justice minister Kenny Macaskill in Edinburgh on May 23.

Campaigners battling to save Rothesay Sheriff Court from closure will have the chance to put the community’s fears directly to Scotland’s justice secretary later this month.

A delegation led by local solicitor Elaine Campbell, of Rothesay firm Wm. Skelton & Co., and also including representation from The Buteman, will meet Kenny Macaskill in Edinburgh on Thursday, May 23.

The Scottish Courts Service (SCS) wants permission to close the Rothesay court and transfer all Bute civil and criminal business to Greenock, although opponents say the increased costs of the move will more than match the estimated annual saving of £6,000.

The SCS recommendation last month that the Rothesay court should be closed has already been endorsed by the Scottish Government, although the final say on the plans lies with the Scottish Parliament.

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