A week to save Bridgend Law Courts

Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones has called on those wishing to make their views known on proposals by the UK Government to close Bridgend Law Courts to ensure that they don’t miss the deadline for responding to the consultation. The UK Government consultation on the provision of the court and tribunal estate in England and Wales closes on the 8th October. With a week to go before the consultation closes many court users, judiciary, staff and other parties with an interest in the provision of local justice arrangements have already responded to the consultation. Opposition continues to grow in Bridgend with more and more people raising concerns. If the planned closure of Bridgend Law Courts goes ahead, criminal cases will transfer to Cardiff and family matters to Port Talbot.

Carwyn Jones AM said “As a former practitioner, I am greatly concerned by the consequences the closure of Bridgend Law Courts would bring. There is no respect from the UK Government to Welsh court users. I cannot imagine we would close these courts if the justice system was devolved and I have made my views very clear to the UK Government. I would urge all those who still wish to have their say, to do so, and ensure that they don’t miss the deadline to respond to the consultation. We have a week to save Bridgend Law Courts and then the ball will be firmly back in Gove’s court”.