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Helen Korfanty – the LibDem choice for PCC

Helen Korfanty

Korfanty smallHelen, a solicitor, has worked in Suffolk for over 30 years in Family and Criminal Law, while volunteering with  both Victim Support and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

She has committed herself to abide by the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s ethical checklist  on how a PCC should conduct themselves in office.

  • If elected Helen intends to:
  •  – encourage a collegiate, consultative culture to decision making  in policing in Suffolk, respecting and  tapping into the wisdom and experience of  front line workers
  •  – be the advocate for the people of Suffolk to ensure that we can live in a safer community.
  •  – help find financial savings and efficiencies in the Police Service so that resources can be found to fight growing serious crime such as child abuse, cybercrime and fraud.
  •  – encourage policies and technological innovation aimed at reducing crime and re-offending
  •  –  encourage the referral of people with physical /mental health and addictions to the best agency to deal with their problems effectively and away from the Police Service.
  •  –  ensure that those who experience domestic abuse and violence are able to access support and achieve the best outcomes for their individual needs
  •  –  encourage cooperation with other police services to maintain specialist skills and respond to unexpected challenges.
  •  – negotiate with central government for the maximum financial resources for the police service
  •  – support and encourage the voluntary sector who support the victims and bring innovative approaches to the causes of crime.



Prepared by Martin Redbond on behalf of Helen Korfanty (Liberal Democrats) both at Blacksmiths Cottage, Ashbocking Road, Henley, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 0QX

“We must fight to save Suffolk courts..” PCC candidate Helen Korfanty

The news that Lowestoft and Bury St Edmund Courts are to close as part of government cost saving measures (despite strong representations from lawyers and elected members across the county)  will come as a bitter blow to Suffolk residents. (Background here).  Court closures are already national news because of the hardship these will  cause – specifically in rural areas.

Helen KorfantyNow Suffolk’s Lib Dem PCC candidate, local solicitor,  Helen Korfanty  is  calling for a fightback.

Call this justice? ” she asked in a letter to the EADT .

“We should continue the fight to save Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds’ Courts.

I was one of the lawyers who wrote to Michael Gove about the planned court closures.

I recommended that if the government insists on selling off court buildings then Ipswich Magistrates’ Court could share a building with Ipswich Crown Court (Crown Courts are underused.) They could then sell one building and Lowestoft Courts could be saved.

If they wanted to save money in Bury St Edmunds they could either rent out the upper floors of the Magistrates’ Court Building or combine the family and Criminal court into one building. The savings would far outweigh any costs of adapting one of the buildings.

He never responded to my suggestions.

We should not despair. Lowestoft is due to close first.  We can monitor and report on the problems that we know will inevitably follow.  If the building is not sold off immediately the government has the chance to change its mind.

Bury St Edmunds Courts are due to close in September.  Dare I think it is because the government is still not sure that their plans are workable!

If we don’t succeed we can press the government to pay for all the computer access to the court BEFORE the buildings are closed down, and insist that the hardpressed police budget does not have to pay for it all.

Helen Korfanty
Liberal Democrat Candidate
For the Police and Crime Commissioner of Suffolk

pub, East Anglian Daily Times  Friday,  12th  February 2016