JUSTICE Secretary Kenny MacAskill has snubbed campaigners fighting to save Haddington Sheriff Court by refusing their invitation to a public meeting to explain his decision to approve its closure.
Lawyers, citizens advice workers and others had hoped to quiz him on the move, which they claim will mean extra costs for people travelling to Edinburgh for cases. They also argue Haddington is one of the busiest courts and question whether Edinburgh can absorb its work.
Mr MacAskill came under fire for confirming the Haddington closure just three days after promising to consider the case for keeping it open.
Organisers of the meeting received a letter saying: “Unfortunately Mr MacAskill will be unable to accept your invitation. Please accept his apologies.”
Ms Craig said: “We were disappointed he was not able to come and take part in the meeting because he is so central to the whole issue.”