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Removal of Fermanagh’s last courthouse will have huge impact

29 January, 2015 - by Seán Lynch

Sinn Féin MLA Seán Lynch has expressed his dismay at the Justice Minister’s announcement to close a number of Courthouses’ around the North, but in particular, Enniskillen Courthouse.

A member of the Justice Committee, Mr.Lynch says,

“I am simply stunned by the ministers’ decision to close the only courthouse in the county of Fermanagh.

“With the closure of the courthouse in Enniskillen many people will be forced to travel many miles in order to deal with issues addressed through the courts.

“Courts deal with many issues apart from the criminal justice system so this closure will have a huge impact upon those who have to attend a court.

“The Minister has always claimed that the core aim of his Department is a faster, fairer justice system, which is reflected in the Bill coming to the Assembly later this year yet the closure of Enniskillen Courthouse will only result in backlogs in the justice system; loss in confidence in the justice system; and a decrease in access to justice.

The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA continues,

“It may save the department £92,439 but the safety of our community is priceless and it depends on an effective justice system. Not to mention the loss of jobs that will come as a result of this closure, as we see yet another vital service leave Fermanagh.

“I will work alongside the legal profession to respond to the consultation. I think this is one cut too far and I will be raising my concerns with the Justice Minister both at Committee level and in the Chamber.  ENDS

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