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Westfield, and other shopping centre and empty retail units, could be used as courtrooms under a plan from the Magistrates Association.

The plan follows the proposals to close a number of magistrates courts, including the one in Harrow, which has caused some public concern. The plans aim to free up poorly or infrequently used public assets for sale and redevelopment. The Magistrates Association are supporting the plan by suggesting that empty retail units in town centres and shopping centres like Westfield could be used as seven-day-a-week Court Rooms.

They say they would be useful in part because cases would be heard in a convenient location – minimising wasted time for defendants, plaintiffs and witnesses.

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