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MP welcomes review of plan to move criminal court out of Dudley
9:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Local
PLANS to remove criminal cases from Dudley Magistrates Court have been put on hold for a review.
The change comes after a government proposal to shift criminal hearings to other Black Country courts including Sandwell and Wolverhampton sparked outrage among protestors led by Dudley North MP Ian Austin.
Mr Austin welcomed the review but is calling for the campaign, which gathered 1,200 names on a petition against the plan, to continue until the proposal is scrapped completely.
Ian Austin MP said: “I’m pleased our campaign has been listened to and that these plans will go back to the drawing board.
“The plans would make Dudley the largest town in the UK without a criminal court, damaging our town centre and ending local justice.
“I want to thank all the campaigners who wrote to me about this issue, signed the petition and objected to the closure in the consultation.”
“But we need to continue fighting for these plans to be dropped completely, and in the coming weeks I’ll be presenting our petition to parliament and calling for a meeting with the Justice Secretary.”
The Justice Issues Group said the review was a result of massive opposition from Dudley magistrates and other court users.
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