BOSSES at Solihull Magistrates Court have denied claims it will stop hearing criminal cases.
HM Courts and Tribunals Service confirmed that administrative staff from the court will be moving to Birmingham Magistrates Court or other courts and offices from July 1 to make ‘best use of staff resources’.
But a spokesperson denied the centralisation step would have any impact on the types of cases listed at Solihull.
“The new arrangement aims to ensure that consistent operating practices are employed across the area and will make best use of administrative staff resources whilst improving continuity of service to users,” they added.
“We do not anticipate any redundancies as a result of this re-organisation.”
A source at the court had claimed there were plans afoot to move all criminal cases to Birmingham Magistrates.
“It would just be tribunals and non-police cases left,” they said, adding that many loyal staff, who would not be able to relocate, would have to leave their jobs.