MP calls for answers over cuts to domestic violence courts

Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods.
Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods.
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AN MP has demanded answers on the impact of cuts on Special Domestic Violence Courts (SDVC).

Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods quizzed the Attorney General Dominic Grieve on the issue in the House of Commons.

She said: “These courts have not only brought more perpetrators to justice but have achieved more appropriate sentencing.

“What guarantee can the Attorney-General give that those very positive outcomes will not be put at risk by cuts to the court services?”

He replied: “I pay tribute to the previous Government for the emphasis that was placed on this area when the SDVC system was set up.

“Although there is a court rationalisation programme that will impact on SDVC provision, all courts affected have received guidance and support to ensure a smooth transition so that the revised courts will be able to provide the same quality of service.

“I very much hope that although some courts will have to close, the quality of service that is available at the courts that are open and to which transfers of the work are made remains of the highest quality.”