A campaign group has launched a new website as part of the fight to save Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court from closure.
The Town of Hartlepool Challenge group created the site to help drum up support for the town’s courts which are being recommended for the axe by the Government.
The Ministry of Justice is proposing to close the Magistrates Courts, in Victoria Road, and transfer the service to Teesside 15 miles away.
But the campaigners say the move would deprive the residents of the town of a vital service and deny some of the most vulnerable people in society access to justice.
A spokesman for the Town of Hartlepool Challenge group said: “No matter who you are you are likely to have been touched at one point or another by the magistrates system.
“Its potential closure has got bigger ramifications than it appears on the surface.”
They state on the website – savehartlepoolmagistratescourt.com – : “A Magistrates’ Court is a lot more than a place for criminals.
“It’s a place which offers a whole lot more, from family law to employment law, from benefit appeals to compensation hearings.
“The average day of an employee of Hartlepool Magistrates’ Courts will deal with a multitude of different types of cases.”
The website features a direct link to an online petition on the issue, which so far has got 485 signatures, and how to contact Hartlepool MP Iain Wright and Justice Minister Michael Gove to make your views known.
The group, which also campaigns for Hartlepool hospital, says the website is part of a new approach to reach out to more people.