Why are we campaigning?
The Justice Department has announced proposals to close Cambridge Magistrates' Court as part of a measure to generate funds for the court and tribunal services. The closure of the Court, would result in Cambridge residents having to travel to Huntingdon or Peterborough to have their case heard.
Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for the Cambridge says: "Justice should be local. We are a big city and a growing city. There will always be a need for courts and those courts should be in the city. The public often has to use public transport to get to court. This is just the Ministry of Justice trying to save money."
What can I do?
Sign our petition and add your voice to local activists, elected representatives and concerned citizens. We'll also keep you up-to date on any new activity or updates.
The Ministry of Justice is also running a consultation which will run for ten weeks from the 18th January. Make your views known here: https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/cambridge-magistrates-court-proposal-on-future/consultation/intro/
We the undersigned, call on the Ministry of Justice to reject proposals to close and sell Cambridge Magistrates' Court.
We believe that such an action would have a negative impact on the effectiveness of the Justice Department as well as place an undue burden on Cambridge Residents on low income. Peterborough Magistrates' Court is more than 38 miles away and Huntingdon Magistrates' Court is 18 miles. The impact of delays, adjournments, and rescheduling of court hearings, will greatly magnify if court services are not in close proximity to those who use its services. The cost in time and money to travel by public transport for Cambridge Residents to Huntingdon or Peterborough would adversely affect those on low income.
The Magistrates' Court was built 2008 in a prime location in Cambridge with good transport links to most bus routes and walking distance from the train station. To close a new building so soon after it was built to save costs, seems counter-productive to the idea of saving costs.