The Conservative Government in Westminster has recommended closing a number of courts in Wales including Brecon Law Courts.
There will now be a period of consultation on the closures which Kirsty Williams, AM for Brecon and Radnorshire is urging local people to respond to try to halt the closure. The consultation will run for 12 weeks until 8 October.
There is a long history of justice in Brecon notably with the regular Assize Courts in what is now Brecon Museum which opened in 1842. These were where a High Court Judge would visit to hear serious criminal cases.
Commenting Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:
“I am bitterly disappointed to learn of the Westminster Government's plan to close Brecon Court. A real blow for access to justice in this part of Wales.
“There has been a court of one kind or another in Brecon for centuries and I will be fighting to ensure we don't lose one now. I hope local people will join with me opposing this move, with enough people behind the campaign we might be able to convince this Tory Government that this move is not the right one for this area.”