South Scotland

Duns Sheriff Court closes its doors

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Duns Sheriff Court has sat for the final time before joining the list of sites being closed across Scotland in a nationwide shake-up of the service.

Its business will be transferred to Jedburgh Sheriff Court, about 30 miles away.

Peebles Sheriff Court closed last week, with business now being taken in Selkirk.

Concerns have been raised about the impact of the extra business on other courts and travel distances involved.

However, the Scottish government said the changes were "justified" and compatible with wider justice reforms.

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire's Conservative MSP, John Lamont, maintained it was a "bad day for justice".

Lib Dem MP Michael Moore added: "It is a huge blow to people in Berwickshire that Duns court has closed its doors for the last time."

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