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Haddington and Dingwall sheriff courts to close

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Media captionA campaign opposes the closure of Haddington Sheriff Court

The last two courts in the final phase of a programme of Scottish court closures will be formally shut later.

Haddington in East Lothian and Dingwall in Ross-shire will follow the closures of Duns and Peebles in the Borders over the past few days.

They are among 17 sheriff and justice of the peace courts which have been axed in the last 18 months in a bid to save money.

The Scottish Courts Service said the closures are final.

However, campaigners are due to hold a public meeting in Haddington to outline a plan to give their court a future.

Jim Hume, MSP for South Scotland, has written to the justice secretary urging a rethink on the closure.

A ceremony will be held to mark the last day of business at Dingwall.

Plans for the court closures were approved in April 2013.

Critics have argued the move will limit access to justice.

It was estimated the changes could save the Scottish Court Service about £1.3m annually, with a one-off initial saving of £3m.

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