former magistrates’ court transformed into justice centre
refurbishment includes two new courtrooms and improved security
part of HMCTS’ £1bn reform programme
Crown Court and social security cases will be heard at the town’s former magistrates’ court, which has been completely refurbished since its closure in 2016.
Officially opened today (Friday 12th April) by the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, Lady Justice Macur, the justice centre is part of HMCTS’ commitment to improving the condition of court buildings and access to justice for all users.
The investment allowed two crown courtrooms and an adaptable tribunal hearing room to be built as well as a full refurbishment of communal and office space and improved security features throughout the building.
Justice Minister, Lucy Frazer said:
We want to provide the best experience possible for the victims, witnesses, staff and legal professionals who use our courts every day and we have invested £5m here in Shrewsbury to do just that.
This new centre will ensure continued access to justice for years to come.
Resident Judge, His Honourable Judge P. Barrie said:
Local judges are delighted to move into Shrewsbury Justice Centre at the former magistrates’ court building.
The old site has been extensively refurbished to accommodate juries and now promises a much improved working environment for everyone involved with the court.
The investment is part of HMCTS’ ambitious £1bn reform programme, designed to bring new technology and modern ways of working to the justice system. This is in addition to £15m announced by the Chancellor last year to improve court buildings in England and Wales.
The reform programme is already benefitting people up and down the country with more than 150,000 using HMCTS’ online justice services in 2018.