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Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill calls for access to justice solution in meeting with Government minister

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill has called for shared community facilities to be used as temporary courts after she raised concerns with a Government minister about access to justice.

Mrs Churchill met with Paul Maynard, minister for courts and legal aid, and Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner for Suffolk, to discuss the issues faced by service users, who have had to travel 'significant distances' to Ipswich or Cambridge after Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court closed in 2016.

She said: "I'm interested in exploring the use of shared community facilities as temporary courts, similar to those that have been put in place around the country.

Tim Passmore, Jo Churchill and Paul Maynard
Tim Passmore, Jo Churchill and Paul Maynard

"This would lower costs while ensuring local justice remains.

"Delivering justice locally is vitally important. It shows the community that crime is taken seriously and acts as a deterrent to those who may be inclined to break the law.

"I will continue to work with Tim to push for local provision of court facilities in Bury St Edmunds."

A further meeting on the issue has been planned.

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