HUNTINGDON Crown Court heard its last case on Friday.

The £13million building in Walden Road has been home to Peterborough Crown Court overspill cases since its opening in 2007 but from Monday (March 25) serious crimes will be dealt with in a modified Peterborough Magistrates' Court room.

The magistrates' court in Huntingdon will not be affected.

The move should allow more tribunals to be heard, with work moved from Bury St Edmunds to exceed crown court matters.

An HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) spokesman said: "From Monday 25 March Peterborough Crown Court work, previously heard at Huntingdon Law Courts, will transfer back to Peterborough. Huntingdon will retain the capacity to deal with Crown Court work, should the need arise.

"The facilities at Huntingdon Law Courts have been expanded to include employment tribunals as well as magistrates' court sittings.

"The Law Courts will provide multi-purpose court rooms allowing HMCTS to utilise them according to business needs. There has already been an increase in the number of staff and judiciary based at Huntingdon and this change will ensure we are delivering the best possible service to all court users. The planning process has been conducted in consultation with the judiciary, local justice agencies and other stakeholders."