Rhyl court set to close next year


Matt Jones

RHYL County Court is set to close next spring with community leaders describing it as a blow for justice.

The court is set to shut in April as part of the Ministry of Justice's closure programme to axe more than 142 county and magistrate courts in the UK.

In June, 2010, it was announced Llangefni, Pwllheli, Flint and Denbigh magistrates’ courts and Rhyl and Llangefni county courts would close.
The Denbigh court closed last month.

Chris Ruane, Vale of Clwyd MP, said: "The decision to close Rhyl Court was a blow not just for the town but also justice as a whole.

“The government completely ignored the arguments against closure in a quest to pursue its relentless attack against the public sector and public sector workers.

“The consultation carried out into the closure of Rhyl Court and Denbigh Magistrates Court was completely flawed and ignored evidence against the closures and it amounts to the removal of justice from those communities.”

The court deals with civil matters, district registry, divorce and bankruptcy cases.
The closure of the Rhyl court is understood to be dependent on an extension to Prestatyn magistrates’ court but since 2010 North Wales Police have vacated the offices adjoining the courthouse.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice confirmed that the intention was still to move to Prestatyn, but added: “The Rhyl court will not close before April, 2014.”

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