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Sheriff Court closures

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.

"This is a hugely disappointing decision that will be a massive blow to the justice system we have here in the Borders.

"To shut both Duns and Peebles Sheriff Courts will severely limit the access that many local people have to the justice system as they will have to travel far further to get to their nearest court.

“It also means that a huge amount of pressure will be heaped upon Jedburgh and Selkirk Sheriff Courts as they have to take on the extra workload created by these closures.

“It is disappointing that the Justice of the Peace Courts in Duns and Peebles will also be shutting."

– John Lamont MSP, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire

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