Ministry of Justice

Proposal on the provision of court services in HMCS Cumbria and Lancashire

Reference Number : HMCS CP05/10

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 court services in HMCS Cumbria and Lancashire.

Consultation paper

Response

A total of 55 responses were received from a wide range of interested parties including local magistrates, solicitors 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 three magistrates’ courts and four county courts in the HMCS Cumbria and Lancashire area. Following the consultation, the Lord Chancellor’s decision is to close three magistrates’ courts and four county courts to achieve more efficient service delivery in this area.