Court chiefs insist no decision has yet been made on whether to shut St Helens Magistrates’ Court for one day a week.
Plans to close the local court every Wednesday and re-route remand cases to Bootle Magistrates’ Court in Liverpool are understood to be on the table.
A spokeswoman from Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals service admitted that local listing patterns were being reviewed but remained tight-lipped this week about the prospect of a weekly Wednesday closure.
She said: “The listing of court cases is a judicial function. Decisions about listing in a particular area fall to the local Judicial Business Group (JBG). The JBG is reviewing listing patterns, however no decisions have been made on changes to listing at St Helens.”
Members of Judicial Business Groups include a judge, local magistrates’ bench chairmen and women and HM Courts and Tribunals Service management.
“It is the JBG’s role to ensure the business of the courts is conducted in a speedy and efficient manner, taking into account local workloads and making the best use of resources and facilities.
“The JBG is reviewing listing patterns, however no decisions have been made on changes to listing at St Helens Magistrates’ Court.”