Newport magistrates' court officially opened

South Wales Argus: OFFICIAL OPENING: Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, officially opened Newport Magistrates’ Court OFFICIAL OPENING: Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, officially opened Newport Magistrates’ Court

NEWPORT Magistrates’ Court was officially opened by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales at a ceremony yesterday.

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd said the court was “the most fabulous magistrates court that has been built for some time”.

Located off Lower Dock Street in Pill, the environmentally friendly building replaced the old court house on Clytha Park Road which closed in January last year.

It has four court rooms, a plate glass entrance hall which opens onto Usk Way and a 22-space car park.

It first opened to the public in September.

And it has holding cells which the Lord Chief Justice said were “among the finest” he has seen.

In a speech, he said it was imperative the judiciary adopted modern technology.

He said: “We need to embrace what we use in our everyday lives, such as Skype and FaceTime.”

And in response Michael Mathers-Lee, of the Wales and Chester bar, said there had first been a court in Newport in 1090. He said a sheriff court was first opened in 1473 and a court for justices of the peace was established in 1623.

The ceremony was attended by about 70 people. Among those were the Chief Constable of Gwent Police, Jeff Farrar, and the Gwent bench chairwoman Penny Reeves.

Keith Evans, on behalf of The Law Society, said that he was sure the building would be “well-utilised”.

The Ministry of Justice said the new layout is “designed to provide access to all”.

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4:17pm Sat 7 Dec 13

BillSmith says...

That would have been a much better Father Christmas outfit if he had remembered to wear the white beard
That would have been a much better Father Christmas outfit if he had remembered to wear the white beard BillSmith

7:06pm Sat 7 Dec 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

BillSmith wrote:
That would have been a much better Father Christmas outfit if he had remembered to wear the white beard
I was going to say that they're really not paid enough if that's what they have to wear - but I liked yours better.
[quote][p][bold]BillSmith[/bold] wrote: That would have been a much better Father Christmas outfit if he had remembered to wear the white beard[/p][/quote]I was going to say that they're really not paid enough if that's what they have to wear - but I liked yours better. GardenVarietyMushroom

9:21pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Melvyn The Milk says...

Keith Evans says the building will be 'well utilised'. Based in Lower Dock Street, you can be damned sure of that.
Keith Evans says the building will be 'well utilised'. Based in Lower Dock Street, you can be damned sure of that. Melvyn The Milk

2:49am Sun 8 Dec 13

rellim says...

Crime a growth industry in Newport so it needs top class facilities
Crime a growth industry in Newport so it needs top class facilities rellim

10:33am Sun 8 Dec 13

Trefor says...

70 ` invited` people attended this opening, I bet there were no members of the public invited, i.e. those who paid for it.
70 ` invited` people attended this opening, I bet there were no members of the public invited, i.e. those who paid for it. Trefor

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