11 February 2016, by Taylor King Family Law Solicitors
Thirteen courts across Greater Manchester are set to close in the near future including those in Bury, Oldham, Altrincham, Trafford, Bolton, Tameside, Accrington, Macclesfield and Warrington. Stockport was on the list of closures but after local campaigns the Ministry of Justice has decided to keep it open.
Manchester Civil Justice Centre will take on cases from Bury, Oldham and Trafford magistrates’ courts and Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Tameside and Macclesfield county courts. It will also share cases with Liverpool Civil and Family Court from Warrington county court.
Cases from Oldham magistrates will move to Tameside; cases from Macclesfield magistrates will move to Crewe and cases from Accrington magistrates will move to Blackburn whilst cases from Accrington county court cases will transfer to Burnley.
The large volume of cases being transferred to Manchester Civil Justice centre is likely to strain an already busy court and will mean that the waiting times for listings are no doubt going to increase.