Fears for future of Grantham court as jobs go next week

Grantham Magistrates Court
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A number of redundancies will take place at Grantham Magistrates’ Court next week.

Three administration staff are taking voluntary redundancy and one member of staff has resigned. One staff member will remain for the time being, supported by visiting staff from Lincoln on court days.

Solicitor Chris Pye-Smith, who works for Bird and Co in Grantham, said: “It is very sad to see what was a very well-run, accurate and efficient office being closed. Local solicitors have lost a useful link into the business of the court which helped the administration of justice. In future we shall be competing for that access with solicitors from Lincoln and the wider county, as Skegness court office is similarly closing. This closure could well be part of a plan for a complete cessation of sittings at Grantham although nothing official has been announced. However. from next month Grantham will no longer hold any custody cases, all prisoners being taken to Lincoln Magistrates’ Court and the main crime case day is to be held fortnightly at Grantham instead of weekly.

“Those look to me like further clues of future intentions.”