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Sheriff courts to close

MSPs vote to close ten Sheriff Courts across Scotland including Peebles, Duns and Kirkcudbright.

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Borders MSP defends court closures

A local MSP has defended a decision to close a number of sheriff courts in Scotland, including Peebles and Duns, saying she "could not argue" against the arguments put forward by Scotland's most senior judge, Lord Gill to support their closure.

SNP MSP Christine Grahame says the closures do not mean users of the justice system in the Borders will receive a poorer service.

She said:

In the Lord Gill’s view the current network of sheriff courts is not fit for purpose and I could not argue against his sensible testimony to the committee. After all throughout his distinguished legal career Lord Gill has worked his way up from grass roots level and knows the system inside out. It was the intellectual case rather than the financial one which won the day.

– Christine Grahame MSP, Midlothian South Tweeddale & Lauderdale

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