Law Society produces map to show court closures including Fareham

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AN INTERACTIVE map showing courts that are at risk of closure has been produced by the Law Society.

The government plans to close 91 courts and tribunals across England and Wales, and integrate or merge 31 more.

This includes shutting Fareham Magistrates’ Court.

The society is asking solicitors to send in their views and case studies to help formulate its consultation response.

The map shows which courts are affected, where the work would move to and how long it would take by public transport to get to the alternative courts.

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said: ‘Promoting and protecting access to justice for all, whoever and wherever they are, is a core value uniting our diverse membership.

‘We need our members’ views and case studies so that we can respond to the government proposals for the closure and integration of courts and tribunals across England and Wales.

‘Our interactive map shows members, at a click, how courts in their area could be affected by the government’s proposals.’

To view the map go to lawsociety.org.uk/news/stories/court-closures-we-want-your-views.

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