A DATE for the final sitting at Wisbech Magistrates’ Court has been set.
The final sitting with be on Wednesday, March 23, with a formal closing of the court at 10am, attended by the Lord Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire, High Sheriff in Nomination and other dignitaries.
The closure of the court was announced in December, following a national consultation as part of government cost-cutting.
The building, which is adjacent to Wisbech police station, was opened in 1957 and is currently used several days a week. Following the closure, the building will be mothballed.
The Fenland Local Justice Area will be split into three; cases from Wisbech and associated parishes will be transferred to King’s Lynn Court, cases from March and associated parishes will be transferred to Peterborough Court, and cases from Chatteris and associated parishes will be transferred to Huntingdon Court.
The Fenland Bench of magistrates, numbering 26, will also be divided. The magistrates will be able to choose which of the three courts they wish to transfer to. Some magistrates are moving from where they live to where they will work, while others have chosen to resign.