Public meeting about court closure plans

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LOCAL residents who are concerned about the possible closure of Stonehaven Sheriff Court are being encouraged to attend a public meeting about the issue.

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has arranged a public meeting and has invited local MSPs from the main political parties to attend. The aim of the meeting is to organise a campaign to take the issue to Holyrood.

All are welcome to attend the public meeting, which will take place at Stonehaven Community Centre on Monday 13 May at 6pm.

Lewis Macdonald said: “There are two vital steps to saving Stonehaven Sheriff Court.

“First, the Justice Committee has to reject the current closure proposal and send it to the full Parliament for debate.

“Secondly, if the Justice Committee does that, all MSPs will have a vote to accept or reject the proposals made by the Scottish Court Service and the Scottish Government.

“I am organising this meeting in response to calls from members of the community, so they can discuss with members of all parties what is to be done and who will support a campaign to keep Stonehaven Sheriff Court open.”