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COURT CLOSURES ACROSS THE UK

EDM (Early Day Motion) 839: tabled on 22 January 2018

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 31 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House is deeply concerned by the Government's proposal to close nine further courts across the UK, displacing over 130 members of staff; notes that these proposals come at a time when staff morale has been damaged by previous closures, job cuts, pay restraint and privatisation threats; believes that these proposals would result in delays to cases being heard and members of the public having to travel further and for longer to access justice; further believes that the underuse of courts is primarily caused by legal aid cuts, increased court fees and a shortage of staff and judges; insists that unproven and unreliable digital processes such as virtual hearings should not be imposed on courts without a full evaluation of the impact on evidence quality and perception; and calls on the Government to halt these closures, consult relevant unions and review the entire courts closure programme.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 24 January 2018
Blyth Valley
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2018
Coventry South
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 23 January 2018
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 January 2018
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Gaffney, Hugh
Labour
Signed on 5 February 2018
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
George, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2018
High Peak
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2018
Birmingham, Hall Green
Hendrick, Sir Mark
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2018
Preston
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2018
Jarrow
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 31 January 2018
North Down
Hill, Mike
Labour
Signed on 24 January 2018
Hartlepool
Hopkins, Kelvin
Independent
Signed on 25 January 2018
Luton North
Kinnock, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 30 January 2018
Aberavon
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 25 January 2018
Ceredigion
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 23 January 2018
Brighton, Pavilion
Lucas, Ian C.
Labour
Signed on 20 February 2018
Wrexham
Martin, Sandy
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2018
Ipswich
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 January 2018
Falkirk
Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2018
Easington
Rimmer, Ms Marie
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2018
St Helens South and Whiston
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 January 2018
Glasgow South West
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 5 February 2018
Leicester East
Walker, Thelma
Labour
Signed on 25 January 2018
Colne Valley
Williamson, Chris
Labour
Signed on 22 March 2018
Derby North
Zeichner, Daniel
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2018
Cambridge

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.