MSP supports council’s call for rethink of Haddington court closure

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East Lothian Council’s call for the Scottish Government to reconsider the closure of the courts in Haddington was welcomed by Iain Gray, MSP.

Chief executive Angela Leitch wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, highlighting concerns that figures for Edinburgh’s Sheriff and Justice of the Peace courts showed “significant” increases in the number of summary criminal cases being dealt with in the three months ending August 2013. Figures revealed the cases being heard rose by 42 per cent and 50 per cent.

Councillors fear that the closure of Haddington Sheriff and JP courts will lead to further rises in the number of cases being dealt with in Edinburgh.

Mr Gray said: “Those of us who led the campaign to save Haddington’s courts consistently expressed concerns about the capacity of Edinburgh’s courts to deal with the extra workload that the court closures will create.”

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