Court staff given job assurances

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THE JUSTICE secretary Kenny MacAskill has assured court staff no jobs will be lost if Arbroath Sheriff Court gets the axe.

It was announced on Friday that the Scottish Court Services proposes to close the town’s court with all business moved to Forfar Sheriff Court.

Today (Tuesday) Angus South MSP Graeme Dey asked the minister what would happen to the eight jobs at Arbroath Sheriff Court if the facility was to close.

And Mr MacAskill indicated that the jobs, along with the work currently carried out in the town would move to Forfar.

Mr Dey, who will be meeting with those affected by the possible closure this week, said: “Ideally we of course want to see court services retained at both Angus locations.

“However, we are not living in an ideal world and the Scottish Court Service is looking both to re-shape the delivery of justice and cope with budget cuts which have followed on from the Scottish Governments budget being cut by Westminster.

“I was pleased to hear from Kenny MacAskill that should Arbroath close then the jobs will follow the work.

“That is not to say that we are necessarily accepting closure as being inevitable, and along with my fellow local SNP parliamentarians I’ll be meeting representatives of the legal profession and court staff on Friday of this week to discuss the situation.

“However, if closure does happen then we must look to minimise the impact on employment and the Angus economy and whilst court employees would potentially face a journey to work in future better that than jobs being lost.”