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Pop-up courts: ‘Hearings 
in pubs’ story was a storm 
in a pint glass

However, making use of a public room – not a public house – like civic buildings?could mean a more flexible court service, writes Amy Proferes

29 March 2016

In the face of austerity, the justice system limps on. The latest news is that 86 local courts are to be closed or merged. While George Osborne will welcome the economies of scale the closures will result in, many have responded with concern as to the potential effects. The closures will disproportionately affect people living in rural areas, those with disabilities, and those on lower incomes, for whom a long and expensive journey may mean that justice is inaccessible. Once again, cuts seem to be at the expense of the most vulnerable.

It is a maxim of long standing that justice should both be done and be seen to be done. This ideal would be undermined by removing courts from local communities. Indeed, accounts of court proceedings, often the most lively read in a local newspaper, might well become a thing of the past.

Town hall hearing

Lord Thomas recognised these concerns in his Lord Chief Justice Report 2015, saying: ‘Access to...

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