Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner is backing The Bolton News’ ‘Keep our Court’ campaign to save Bolton Magistrates’ Court.
The newspaper revealed last week that the Manchester Orbital Branch of the Magistrates Association is considering proposals to close the court in a bid to save Government cash.
Echoing the comments of Cllr Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, Tony Lloyd said: “Local people deserve local justice and the people of Bolton deserve to have answers. I relate strongly with the comments made by Cllr Morris – Bolton has a crown court and a county court, so why shouldn’t the town have a magistrate’s court? This is the real question that the Ministry of Justice has got to answer.
“I want to congratulate The Bolton News – well done for highlighting this important issue and reflecting the legitimate concerns of Bolton people.”
Oldham and Stockport Magistrates’ Courts are also under threat as part of the new proposals.
The plans are part of the Ministry of Justice court estate reform programme which has already resulted in the loss of Magistrates’ Courts in Salford and Rochdale.