The closures - imposed under the mantras of "efficiency" and "economy" - affect the whole of England and Wales with the effect that the magistrates' court system will be concentrated on fewer but, usually, larger courts. One result will be that those involved in cases may well be subjected to lengthy journeys, often with poor and reducing public transport, and the undoubted stress felt by witnesses will be increased. Locally administered justice is dying rapidly.
Civil justice will also be administered at fewer locations since the Ministry of Justice proposal contains a list of "integrations." Of note is the reduction in the number of locations where the Family Court sits. This will present particular difficulties for those involved with the courts on all sorts of family matters such as the arrangements for children (contact, residence etc).
The latest round was announced in a Ministry of Justice Proposal issued on 16th July 2015. TODAY (8th October) is the last date for responses.
Consultation Paper 16th July 2015
Here is the list of proposed closures and amalgamations.