PCC: We need to ensure victims get justice


In response to news that some courts – including Brecon Law Courts and Carmarthen Law Courts (The Guildhall) – are to close, Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon said:

“I am very disappointed by this news. We need courts in Brecon and Carmarthen to ensure victims get justice and offenders mend their ways.

“Our court system needs major reform, not just fewer buildings, and I have made that case to the Lord Chancellor in person.

“Courts need to be more flexible – but that must not come at the expense of local justice in rural areas.

“Only by giving local people a greater say in local justice can we ensure that people in Carmarthen and Brecon get the justice they need. The Government should devolve responsibility for local courts to directly elected police and crime commissioners.

“Strong local accountability for policing has made communities in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Powys and Pembrokeshire safer. As Commissioner I’ve been able to deliver more officers for more hours every day on our rural beats. Crime and antisocial behaviour are down.”

“Now we need a revolution in local justice. PCCs can drive that revolution as we have done in policing. I welcome the Home Secretary’s indication that the Government is considering this.”

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  1. It is ridiculous to close these small but very important courts of justice. Rural communities are often poor communities and defendents may not have transport to travel miles to a court of law. There is limited public transport.
    If cuts must be made, Perhaps a mobile court of justice. Where the lawyers move around and not the clients?

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