East Lothian MSP Iain Gray has written to Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland, asking her to investigate the impact of the closure of Haddington Sheriff and JP courts.
This follows a letter from the Justice Secretary in which he turns down the proposal from East Lothian lawyers to open a Summary Sheriff court in Haddington.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“The ridiculous decision by the SNP government to close our courts is now a reality. To add insult to injury, the Justice Secretary has once again dismissed out of hand the proposal to replace the court with one of the planned summary sheriff courts.
“This eminently sensible idea, coming from the County’s faculty of Procurators, who know what they are talking about, has been treated in the most dismissive and high handed manner.
“The SNP Government’s attitude seems to be no better than, ‘we have closed your courts, so tough.’ Promises were made about justice facilitates being provided in East Lothian, and I am not about to let the Justice Secretary off the hook.
“I have also written to the Auditor General asking that she investigate the impact of East Lothian business being heard in Edinburgh. If, as everyone feared, this is causing delays and additional expense then I want this looked into. This was a foolish decision, and we will not accept it quietly.
The County has been treated with contempt by SNP Scottish Ministers in this matter.”