Bicester courts at risk of closure under new plans

Courts to close
Courts to close

Two courts in Bicester could be closed under new plans announced by the Justice Secretary Michael Gove today.

A consultation has been launched on plans to close 91 courts across the country, as part of Government plans to reform courts and tribunals in England and Wales.

And two courts in Bicester, namely Bicester Magistrates Court and Family Court are amongst those earmarked for closure.

In addition to the proposed closures, a number of integrations will take place although neither of the courts earmarked for closure in Bicester are part of the merging plans.

The consultation covers the proposed closure of 57 magistrates, 19 county, two crown and nine combined courts plus four tribunal hearing centres.

The consultation closes on 8 October and can be viewed in full here on the Ministry of Justice website (as a PDF).