South Scotland

Duns, Peebles and Selkirk court closure fight prepared

Councillors in the Borders have set up a special group to prepare a case to keep the region's sheriff courts open.

It follows reports that sites in Duns, Peebles and Selkirk could be shut, leaving only Jedburgh in operation.

The Scottish Court Service (SCS) has said provision is being reviewed in light of budget reductions and civil court reforms.

However, Borders councillors have said they do not believe any such moves would save money.

Concerns surfaced last year after a leaked discussion document suggested a number of courts across the country could close.

The Scottish government has already given an assurance there will be no sheriff court closures without local consultation and the final approval of the Scottish Parliament.

Members of Scottish Borders Council have now set up a short-term working group to make the case for keeping all the sites in operation.

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