£5m government funding transforms Shrewsbury court

The former magistrates court at Shrewsbury, which has been closed since 2016, has received a new lease of life with £5m government funding.

The new justice centre will hear Crown Court and social security cases after a major refurbishment. Two new courtrooms and better security measures were included in the renovations, as part of the HM Courts & Tribunals £1bn reform programme.

It was opened last week (Friday 12 April) by the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, Lady Justice Macur.

Justice Minister, Lucy Frazer said: “We want to provide the best experience possible for the victims, witnesses, staff and legal professionals who use our courts every day and we have invested £5m here in Shrewsbury to do just that. This new centre will ensure continued access to justice for years to come.”

Resident Judge, His Honourable Judge P. Barrie said: “Local judges are delighted to move into Shrewsbury Justice Centre at the former magistrates’ court building. The old site has been extensively refurbished to accommodate juries and now promises a much improved working environment for everyone involved with the court.”