Delay in ruling over library closures

Delay in ruling over library closures

Judgement has been reserved in the judicial review hearing into library closures in Somerset and Gloucestershire, which concluded in Birmingham yesterday [29th September].

No indication was given by Mr Justice McKenna of when judgement would be given, but the usual time frame in judicial review cases ranges between three weeks and three months.

The delay in judgement indicates that the judge considers the case merits detailed consideration. Meanwhile the injunction against the closure of six Somerset libraries, originally scheduled to go ahead on 1st October, will continue.

Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries campaign group said they had received emails and tweets of support throughout the hearing, both from people in Gloucestershire and around the UK. "It has meant a lot during this very tough week and reminds us why we have fought so hard and for so long to save our libraries," the group said.

The development means that Brent may now be the first borough in which a judicial review decision over the fate of its libraries is given. The judge in the Brent case, heard in July, indicated that judgement would be given in October.