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Bridgwater Magistrates Court is on a Government hit-list. The Home Office has identified it as one that could be closed in order to save money.
Admittedly the court building is old.
But there is a strategic sense in keeping the system of justice alive within the town. Not only do the hard working Magistrates and court staff deal with thousands of cases every year, but the plans of the Police to establish a new regional centre and custody suite at Express Park make rather less sense if Bridgwater is deprived of a facility to hear any cases. The Police plan will shift 341 jobs FROM Taunton to Bridgwater. The Home Office plan will shift the court operation back to Taunton. It ain't joined up thinking! And I'm heading the list of those who intend to badger the Home Office to change its tune. The consultation period ended a month ago. But first you'd better read the plans.
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