HC Deb 19 December 2000 vol 360 c164W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what criteria she will apply in deciding an appeal against closure of the magistrates court in Lewes. [141604]

Jane Kennedy

My only role is in deciding appeals. There are no set criteria. Every appeal is dealt with on its merits and much depends on the grounds of the particular appeal lodged.

Common themes to many appeals are: accessibility for all court users; the facilities available, costs of necessary renovations to bring the court up to standard. The provision of courtrooms and work load, extra travelling distances, additional costs and overall efficiency.