A further recommendation has been made to close Limavady Courthouse.
Earlier this year, the ‘Journal’ revealed Limavady Courthouse will remain open until at least April 2016.
NI Court Service said it still intended to close the building, “but only after boundary changes are necessary. Once that happens, the Court Service said the intention remains to transfer Limavady court business to Coleraine”.
A series of recommendations to rationalise the court estate in Northern Ireland were outlined to Stormont’s Justice Committee today.
A Department of Justice spokesperson said: “On 29 January 2015 the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service (NICTS) published a consultation paper on proposals to rationalise the court estate.
“The consultation document set out the challenges facing NICTS in the context of diminishing resources which meant that continuing to operate the current 20 courthouses is no longer sustainable. In addition to the financial challenges, business volumes have been falling and many of the Court buildings are underutilised. It was therefore necessary to reflect on the number of courthouses required.
“The Justice Committee has today been briefed on the outcome of the consultation process and on a series of recommendations currently under consideration by the Justice Minister, David Ford.”
It is recommended that the earlier decision to close Limavady should be implemented and business transferred to Coleraine.
The spokesperson continued: “At this stage no final decisions have been made. The Minister will take time to reflect on the views of the Justice Committee and will make an announcement in the new year.”