It was widely reported last week that there are to be 86 courts and tribunal buildings closed. The closing of these is to try and save money and correct inefficiencies in a stretched court system, however it is said that it will disproportionately affect rural communities in Britain.
So some good news, part of the announcement includes a new commitment to digitalisation of the system. This idea would mean low value and less serious issues are dealt with online.
In theory this should relieve the pressure on the system, reduce delays and costs and allow those in more rural areas of the country full access to the justice system.
Rural communities could actually gain from a digital criminal justice system The Conservative government has come up against a lot of criticism for its record on access to justice, but digital courts are a step in the right direction Some crown court buildings, such as this one in Lewes, Sussex, could be phased out if proceedings go digital.