Tuesday 24 July 2018 / 4:06 PM Justice / Yasmin Qureshi

Yasmin Qureshi responds to the Written Ministerial Statement on courts closures

Yasmin Qureshi MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister, responding to the Written Ministerial Statement on courts closures, said:

“This so-called consultation has really been a smokescreen to drive through yet more court closures. These closures will undermine local access to justice and have a negative impact on victims and witnesses.

“It is completely unacceptable that the Conservatives have sold off hundreds of courts and sacked thousands of courts staff with the excuse that it is modernising our courts system.

“Instead of sneaking these closures out on the last day before parliament breaks for the summer, the Conservatives should halt all the planned court closures until its wide-ranging courts reform programme has been properly debated in parliament.”