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.
– David Mundell MSP, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, Scottish Conservatives
"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.”
– Christine Grahame MSP, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, SNP
"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. “