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Ministry of Justice

Proposal on the provision of courts services in HMCS Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Thames Valley

Reference Number : HMCS CP01/10

Status: Closed - with response

Open date: 23 June 2010

Close date: 15 September 2010

Responses published: 14 December 2010

A consultation on the provision of courts services in HMCS Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Thames Valley.

Consultation paper

Response

A total of 121 responses were received from a wide range of interested parties including magistrates, local and district councils, individuals, MPs and others. The responses have been fully analysed against the principles of the court estate strategy along with impact assessments, equality impact assessments and any further data collected as part of the consultation process.

The initial proposal was to close six magistrates’ courts and two county courts in the HMCS Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Thames Valley area. Following the consultation, the Lord Chancellor’s decision is to close  five magistrates’ courts and two county courts in the original proposal to achieve more efficient service delivery in this area.