MSPs on the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee will vote today on plans to close local courts across Scotland.
The sheriff courts in Peebles, Duns and Kirkudbright are all under threat after Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill backed Scottish Court Service recommendations.
Opposition leaders have written an open letter to the Justice Committee, asking its members to support a motion to annul the proposals and 'stand up for local services, jobs, businesses and proper access to justice'.
The SNP holds a majority on the Justice Committee, with five MSPs to four from opposition parties.
Plans to restructure the court service in Scotland are to come under scrutiny from the Scottish Parliament's Justice committee.
The cost cutting proposals include the closure of sheriff courts in Duns, Kirkcudbright, and Peebles.
There are also proposals to close the Justice of the Peace court in Annan.
Jim Hume MSP and Councillor Catriona Bhatia explain why they want to see court services in Peebles retained:
Campaigners against plans to close Peebles Sheriff Court have held a demonstration outside the court.
Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume was joined by councillor Catriona Bhatia and members of the public to show their support for keeping the court open.
The Scottish Government has approved plans to close 10 courts, including Peebles and Duns, in a bid to save money.
The Scottish Justice committee has called for submissions on the issue by tomorrow (21st May).
The Scottish Courts Service (SCS) has announced it wants to press ahead with plans to close Peebles, Duns and Kirkcudbright Sheriff Courts by January 2015.
Court proceedings would instead be held in Jedburgh, Selkirk and Dumfries.
The Justice of the Peace Court in Annan is also set to close.
The final decision on court closures will be taken by the Scottish Parliament.