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Both Abergavenny Magistrates’ Court and Caerphilly Magistrates’ Court are in need of restoration, and HM Courts and Tribunals Service would incur considerable costs in making necessary repairs. It is proposed that both courts close and the workload be absorbed by the other 2 magistrates’ courts in Gwent - Newport and Cwmbran.
This proposal aims to ensure our court estate is used more efficiently and the closure of the courts would offer HM Courts and Tribunals Service savings of around £80,000 a year.
This consultation seeks the views of local users, judiciary, magistracy, staff, criminal justice agency practitioners and elected representatives to better understand the impact that this proposal would have on the Gwent community.