April 19, 2017 7:12 pm

Four circuit courts being closed in Saskatchewan: justice critic

Four circuit courts are being closed in Saskatchewan, according to the NDP.

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The NDP justice critic in Saskatchewan says circuit courts in four communities are being closed by the provincial government.

Nicole Sarauer says the court in Watrous is to be shuttered on Thursday, and two more in Carnduff and Southey are to be closed within the coming months.

Big River’s court is to be shut down in November.

Sarauer is concerned that moving case files to larger centres could put added pressure on the system, especially since the Supreme Court has established timelines to avoid delays.

She says she’s aware of three cases that have been thrown out in Saskatchewan so far because they have taken too long.

Sarauer plans to speak with Justice Minister Gordon Wyant next week to find out how many people will be affected and how much money will be saved by the closures.

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