Nicky Morgan has welcomed news from the Ministry of Justice that the country's third Courts & Tribunals Service Centre is to open in Loughborough, bringing up to 200 jobs to the town.
The Centre, an important part of a £1 billion court reform programme, will provide easier access to justice services.
Courts & Tribunals Service Centres will bring together expertise under one roof and improve and modernise processes to give users of the justice system a better, seamless service. Service centres will enable users to access the support that they need more quickly and easily in one place.
Once fully operational in May 2020 the Loughborough service centre will hold around 200 employees, making around 1,000 staff working across the Loughborough centre and two other bases in Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham; dealing with all aspects of handling cases including new applications, managing queries from the public and professional users, and supporting the judiciary in progressing cases and listing hearings.
Nicky said: “Access to justice is extremely important, so I am delighted that the latest Courts & Tribunal Service Centre will be based in Loughborough. This is also good news for local employment, confirming that our town is a great place for many different employers to be based.”
Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive Officer of Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service said: “Our service centres will transform the services we offer to all HMCTS users, making it easier, quicker and more efficient to access support. For HMCTS colleagues, the new service centres will offer the opportunity to work in modern, well designed spaces with support available to develop their skills and expertise in the justice system.”