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Magistrates' Courts: Sales

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 208529, tabled on 8 September 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the sale price was of magistrates' court buildings sold in 2014; and how long each was not used for court business before it was sold.

Answered on

14 October 2014

The Department is committed to disposing of surplus property assets expeditiously and reducing holding costs. Five Magistrates’ Courts have been sold in 2014 as part of the MoJ’s Court Estate Reform Programme which is expected to save the taxpayer £152m by 2015 while ensuring the courts continue to operate effectively.

When disposing of surplus property assets the Department always seeks to achieve best value for taxpayers’ money.

The table below shows details of Magistrates’ Court buildings that have been sold in 2014, the date each Court closed and the date they were sold. In accordance with central Government guidance, the Department is required to dispose of its surplus property assets as expeditiously as possible – within six months of being declared surplus for housing and within three years for all other properties. As the following table demonstrates, this has been achieved with each of the Magistrates’ Courts sold in 2014.

Court Name

Sale Price

Date of closure

Date of Sale

Melton Mowbray Magistrates’/County Court ¹

£147,000

29/07/2011

16/01/2014

Tower Bridge

Magistrates’ Court ²

£15,500,000

01/06/2013

17/03/2014

Southport Magistrates’ Court ¹

£304,000

30/09/2011

06/05/2014

Knowsley Magistrates’ Court ¹

£250,000

25/11/2011

27/05/2014

Batley and Dewsbury Magistrates’ Court ¹

£300,000

30/03/2012

26/06/2014

Footnotes

¹ Used for administrative purposes following operational closure until space could be found at alternative locations to facilitate this work.

² Joint sale with MOPAC (Police).