Scottish court service recommends Rothesay closure

Rothesay Sheriff Court currently sits each Monday in Argyll and Bute Council's premises at Eaglesham House (above) - but the Scottish Courts Service wants to close the court altogether to trim its budget by just �6,000.
Rothesay Sheriff Court currently sits each Monday in Argyll and Bute Council's premises at Eaglesham House (above) - but the Scottish Courts Service wants to close the court altogether to trim its budget by just �6,000.

The Scottish Court Service has recommended the closure of Rothesay Sheriff Court with a transfer of all business to Greenock Sheriff Court, despite a strong opposition from the island’s community.

The recommendation, which was published on Tuesday (April 9), will be put to the Scottish Government and if approved by Scottish Ministers will come into effect in November 2013, meaning that all civil and criminal business which took place on a Monday in Eaglesham House will be transferred to Greenock.

SCS Chief Executive Eric McQueen has stated: “The recommendations we have made in this report include High Court cases being heard predominately in three dedicated centres, the closure of ten sheriff courts, including nine co-located Justice of the Peace Courts, the closure of seven Justice of the Peace Courts and a move towards specialist jury centres over a longer ten year period.

“These recommendations may sound stark but they are proportionate. The volume of business transacted in the sheriff courts recommended for closure is around five per cent of the overall court business.”

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