Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie has welcomed the Highland Council’s decision to grant permission to the new Inverness Justice Centre.
The centre, which will be developed at the site of the former bus depot at Longman Road, will see the courts services moved out of Inverness Castle.
This decision also paves the way for the High Court to return to Inverness.
Mr Finnie, The Scottish Greens’ Justice Spokesperson said:
“I welcome the decision by Highland Council’s south planning committee to give the go ahead for Inverness’ new Justice Centre. This is positive news for the area and means that the most serious Highlands and Islands cases will no longer need to be heard down in Glasgow or Edinburgh.
“The new facility will mean the High Court will return to Inverness for the first time since 2013.
“I had called upon the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service to bring High Court justice back locally and was delighted when they recently confirmed this would be the case with the new facility.
“Our courts play an important role in our communities. This new development will provide top class facilities which will help ensure victims and witnesses are treated in an appropriate manner, and do not have to suffer the inconvenience of travelling to the Central belt to see justice be done.
“This development will also allow Inverness Castle to be used as a tourist attraction, which will be welcome news for the tourism industry in the area.”