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Court bosses plan to close the busiest family court in the south-east region next year after the landlord of the building decided to redevelop the site.

HM Courts & Tribunals Service will move operations out of Medway County and Family Court in Chatham and increase capacity at Maidstone Combined Court, located 11 miles away. The lease on the site is set to end in January 2021, and despite attempts to extend it, HMCTS said this had not been possible – neither has it been possible to find other suitable accommodation in the same town.

Work will increasingly also be heard by telephone or video where possible, a process which has been effectively tested during the coronavirus pandemic and is set to become a more permanent feature of the justice system in future.

Read the full article here: Law Gazette

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