Campaigners have welcomed the announcement that Limavady Courthouse is to remain in service.
The landmark building on Main Street was threatened with closure under “rationalisation” of the court estate until last Tuesday’s reversal decision by Justice Minister Claire Sugden.
The outcome is seen as a victory for solicitors, politicians and members of the community who mounted a campaign of opposition.
Welcoming the move, East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell said it had been a long battle. He said “Over the past 14 years I have supported the necessity of retention of Limavady Courthouse since the first uncertainty arose during a consultation in 2002.
“Considering the large rural area that Limavady Courthouse serves I believe it is essential that people have good access to the legal system if it is required. Closure would have added an additional expense in travelling to Coleraine or Londonderry and restrict access to the Justice system to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
“This is good news for those who use and employed by the Court Service in Limavady that the local Courthouse is going to be retained.”
His DUP party colleague, George Robinson MLA said: “In all the discussions and consultations regarding the court estate that have been held I and my party colleagues in Limavady opposed any courthouse closures so this announcement is very welcome indeed.”