I couldn't agree more with the well expressed points highlighted in this article. It's a slippery slope when you start limiting access to justice.
So 86 courts are to close. The Written Ministerial Statement asserts that “over 97% of citizens will be able to reach their required court within an hour by car”. Putting aside the fact that 22% of women and 17% of men live in a household without a car and 65% of single pensioners lack a car. the underlying decision to close local courts is troubling. It represents a gradual move from a system where justice takes place in a community to one where it is imposed upon a community from afar.