SPECULATION is growing once again over the future of Cupar Sheriff Court after its parent body refused to rule out its closure.
The Scottish Court Service is conducting a review of its business amid budget cuts but said it was ‘too soon’ to talk about the fate of specific courts.
The future of the historic court on St Catherine Street has been the subject of discussion for a number of years.
Rumours have now surfaced that Cupar cases could be transferred to a new ‘super court’ in Dundee or Kirkcaldy.
There are fears closure could have a severe economic impact on the north east Fife town and its numerous solicitor firms.
Commenting on the renewed speculation, North East Fife MP Sir Menzies Campbell — himself a senior lawyer — said: “For some time I have been concerned about the future of Cupar Sheriff Court.
“On a number of occasions I have taken the matter up with Scottish minsters.
“There is little doubt that closure at Cupar would cause great inconvenience and increase travelling time for solicitors, their clients and the police.”
The earliest sheriff court record held by the National Archives of Scotland comes from Cupar and dates from 1515.