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Plans to close 10 sheriff courts in Scotland in a bid to save money have been approved by the Scottish Government.
Duns Court, Peebles and Kirkcudbright could now close.
The changes, proposed by the Scottish Court Service, will also see seven justice of the peace courts closed, with business transferred elsewhere.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said the reforms were "justified".
Further consultations are set to take place.
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:
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.
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.
Firm proposals on the future of Sheriff Courts in Peebles, Duns and Kirkcudbright will be revealed today.
The Scottish Courts Service says it needs to reduce the number of court buildings to save money after a twenty per cent reduction in its budget.
The Justice of the Peace Court in Annan is also under threat of closure.
Opponents argue that visible access to local justice will be compromised.
There are also concerns that many people living in rural areas will struggle with transport costs.
A final decision on court closures will be taken by the Scottish Government.