Work begins at Forfar Sheriff Court

Investment plans for Forfar Sheriff Court.
Investment plans for Forfar Sheriff Court.

Work has begun on Forfar Sheriff Court as the Scottish Court Service (SCS) looks to improve the facilities currently in place.

The SCS recently bought the former Angus Council building at the rear of Forfar Sheriff Court.

The plans will create additional space and provide new accommodation for Victim Support Scotland, substantially improve facilities for vulnerable witnesses, improve disabled access and provide secure custody facilities as well as an additional courtroom to increase business capacity.

Forfar Sheriff Court will be the only remaining sheriff court in Angus after the SCS decided to close Arbroath Sheriff Court last year.

Arbroath will cease to operate on May 30.

Eric McQueen, SCS Chief Executive, said: “In our proposal to close certain courts we highlighted that this would give us the ability to target much-needed investment in the remainder of our estate.

“We have been able to prioritise works at Forfar to support its court users and ensure a smooth integration of business from Arbroath when it closes at the end of May.

“Separately, additional work is proceeding to provide video link technology in Arbroath to allow the evidence of vulnerable witnesses to be given from that location to any court in Scotland.”

The works are expected to be complete by the end of May 2014.

The SCS will spend around £1.3 million to bring Forfar Sheriff Court up to working standards.