Figures revealed yesterday have shown that the SNP Government chose to close the busier of the Sheriff’s Courts in Angus. This was despite there being over £100 million unspent in the last year for Justice and the Procurator Fiscal Service.
Angus Lib Dems strongly objected to the closure of Arbroath Sheriff Court and the figures reveal that the court was heavily used. Forcing witnesses and victims to travel long distances will undermine the effectiveness of the justice system in Angus.
SNP representatives for Angus, Mike Weir MP, Nigel Don MSP and Graeme Day MSP seem to have little or no influence on their SNP colleagues making decisions centrally in Holyrood.
It is now clear that closing yet another service in Angus was a big mistake by the SNP.
Between April 2012 to the end of March last year, prisoner journeys to Arbroath totalled 2,568, compared to Forfar’s 991.
Dundee received 5,262 prisoner movements in 2012/13, 5,284 in 2013/14 and 3,588 between April and November last year.
In the same periods, other sheriff courts received the following number of individual prisoner transport journeys:
- Arbroath (closed in May) — 1,163, 1,405, 255
- Forfar — 504, 487, 928