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The Sheffield Magistrates’ Court building was forced to close for three days due to leaks and health and safety concerns UK News

It was announced yesterday, Monday March 14, that the court building in Castle Street was closed and would remain closed on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

A message from delivery manager Jen Twomey said: “It became necessary to close the Sheffield Magistrates’ Court building this morning due to several leaks and health and safety concerns which arose. “

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The Sheffield Magistrates’ Court building was forced to close for three days this week due to a number of leaks and health and safety concerns

She said work would be moved where possible, with some trials delayed and other cases transferred to Sheffield Combined Courts Centre, which houses the Crown Court, and the magistrates’ courts in Barnsley and Doncaster.

She added: “I am sorry for the inconvenience these emergency arrangements are causing you and would like to thank you all for your patience and cooperation.”

Anyone phoning Sheffield Magistrates’ Court today received a recorded message telling them: ‘Our building is closed today but our staff are working from home and can respond to emails.’

Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh said: ‘It is absolutely absurd that Sheffield Magistrates’ Court was forced to close yesterday due to the condition and dilapidation of the building.

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“The government has failed to invest in the justice system and, again, it is the victims who will pay the price.”

It is not known at this stage how many cases were able to proceed as planned and how many were postponed due to the closure.

The Star has contacted the Department of Justice and is awaiting a response.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-15 14:59:44

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