Haddington Sheriff Court will simply be sold to the highest bidder, it is feared, although no deal can be done until it closes on January 31.
The Scottish Court Service has confirmed that the court will continue to function as normal for the time being.
But many locals, including MSP Iain Gray (Lab), are worried about the future of such a prominent and historic building.
Mr Gray (Lab) hopes that the decision to close it for court work can be overturned.
For full story, see this week’s East Lothian News.