Let­ter of the Week

Court clo­sure will be a dev­as­tat­ing move

Halifax Courier - - Quiz Of The Week -

The Govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to close 86 courts across the coun­try, in­clud­ing the lo­cal court here, is dev­as­tat­ing news for fam­i­lies. Par­ents and chil­dren need to be able to ac­cess to the jus­tice sys­tem – this de­ci­sion will make that more dif­fi­cult. Clos­ing courts may make sense on a Govern­ment spread­sheet, but the re­al­ity is that on the ground it will have a pro­found im­pact on lo­cal peo­ple who re­quire courts at a deeply emo­tional and dif­fi­cult time in their life. Many who use the courts are vul­ner­a­ble and of lim­ited means. For th­ese peo­ple to be told they now have to travel to a court miles away in an­other town will cause them fur­ther avoid­able stress, and ad­di­tional costs which will be pro­hib­i­tive for many. The sys­tem is al­ready strug­gling due to a com­bi­na­tion of fund­ing cuts, fewer judges and an in­crease in the num­ber of peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing them­selves in the fam­ily court. That is why Res­o­lu­tion is call­ing on the Govern­ment to re­con­sider, and in­stead come for­ward with de­tailed plans for mod­ernising fam­ily courts across the coun­try, be­fore any court closes its doors for good.

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