Court closures confirmed

Three West London magistrates courts are confirmed casualties of the Coalition Government’s cost cutting agenda.

Acton, Brentford and Harrow Magistrates Courts will all close as part of a national plan involving some 140 courts, which aims to save £15m. The buildings, like the Harrow one on Rosslyn Crescent, are viewed as unsuitable for the modern justice system, and could now become available for redevelopment.

Cases will be heard at neighbouring surviving courts. It has also been suggested that courts could use more conveniently located facilities, such as empty retail units, to help victims and witnesses have easier access to the judicial system.

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