Borders MP Michael Moore has expressed his disappointment following the announcement last week that the Scottish Court Service has recommended the closure of Duns courts:
“I am extremely disappointed to see that the SCS are still recommending that the Sheriff and Justice of the Peace courts in Duns should be closed.
“I believe that this move would constrain access to justice in Berwickshire because it will force local people to travel further to have their cases heard.
“It is now up to the Scottish Government to decide whether to take these recommendations forward and I am strongly urging them not to do so for the sake of our local justice system here in the Borders.”
Local politicians have expressed their disappointment at the Scottish Courts Service, after they announced that they want to press ahead with plans to close Peebles, Duns and Kirkcudbright Sheriff Courts by January 2015.
"This is simply another case of people here being ignored by the Scottish Government. I am now seeking a full explanation for this disappointing decision, and checking to see if anything else can be done to these courts.
"I will also be lobbying the Scottish Parliament who will now have to approve this proposal, and also lobbying Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill.”
– David Mundell MSP, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, Scottish Conservatives
"I am very disappointed at the recommendation to close Peebles Sheriff Court.
"I made a strong representation to the Scottish Courts Administration both as the MSP for Peebles and as a former court lawyer as to why it should remain open to deliver local justice.
“I continue to oppose closure but in the meantime, as a back-up am pursuing the relocation of court business to Galashiels as a justice centre and if required, in the interim, should Peebels close, for business to transfer to Selkirk. “
– Christine Grahame MSP, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, SNP