On 23 June 2015 the Secretary of State announced his intention to work with the judiciary to reform the courts and tribunals in England and Wales. This will involve some challenging decisions about the courts and tribunals estate.

The Government’s intention is to make justice more accessible in today’s digital age and they are investing significantly in digital technology to enable more issues to be resolved without the need for members of the public to attend a court building to get justice. The Government is committed to providing alternative ways for court users to access services which could include the use of public buildings such as town halls as an alternative to a permanent local court.

The Ministry of Justice are keen to hear people’s views on the different ways they would like to interact with their courts and tribunals. To have your say about proposals for your local courts please access the MOJ Consultation paper ‘Proposal on the provision of court and tribunal services in the North West region’ (pages 39-41 contain Stockport court proposals and pages 52-54 contain consultation questions and advice on how to respond).

What does it mean for Stockport? This reform programme proposals the closure of Stockport‘s Magistrates and County Court and relocation of workload to the Manchester and Salford Magistrate’s Court. If you would like your views to be heard please feed into the consultation exercise.