Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill told MSPs: “Reform is necessary. We cannot deliver better access to justice by avoiding the need for change.”
But Labour MSP Iain Gray blasted the move and a three-month consultation as a “sham”. He added: “This is a cost-saving exercise [and] nothing to do with providing access to justice.”
The Scottish Court Service (SCS) proposes shutting courts in Dornoch, Duns, Kirkcudbright, Peebles, Rothesay, Alloa, Cupar, Dingwall, Arbroath, Haddington and Stonehaven.