MoJ reveals 15 closed courts remain unsold and empty, costing £40,000 a month

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has revealed that it has yet to dispose of 15 closed courts from a previous round of court closures, as it is poised to embark on the closure of a further 91 courts and tribunals across England and Wales – the fate of which is due to be announced in the next two weeks.

A parliamentary answer to a question by Andy Slaughter MP revealed that 15 courts are costing at least £40,000 a month to secure and maintain, though they are empty and have been mothballed. Such a waste of public money does not bode well for the MoJ’s further plans for court closures, while individuals and communities are left without access to justice.

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