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LOW income families and people with disabilities will be affected if local courts are shut.

That’s the message from the Law Society, which is opposing Ministry of Justice proposals to close one in five courts and tribunals across England and Wales.

Among those earmarked for closure are Chichester Combined Court and Fareham Magistrates’ Court.

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said: ‘Combined with increases in court fees and reductions in eligibility for legal aid, closures will serve to deepen the inequalities in the justice system.’