Cabinet member and Conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield Andrew Mitchell has lost his battle to save the town's magistrates court after the Government announced a series of closures across the West Midlands.
It is one of more than 140 courts to be closed in England and Wales, following the announcement.
Courts in Halesowen, West Bromwich, Tamworth, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Rugby, Stoke-on-Trent and Oswestry will also go.
Additionally, county courts will close in Evesham, Redditch, Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Tamworth, Oswestry, Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Burton-on-Trent and Rugby.
Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly said: “We are closing the worst courts in the estate – so we can concentrate our limited resources on the best ones.”
Mr Mitchell, the International Development Secretary, successfully led a Keep Justice Local campaign eight years ago when the future of Sutton magistrates was in doubt.
More than 5,500 people signed a petition in protest at proposals to move the court’s caseload to Birmingham.
But while he managed to save the court under the Labour government, it is now due to be closed.
Mr Djanogly said: “It’s unacceptable that dozens of buildings never intended to be, and not fit to be, modern court buildings are still in use.”
The changes would mean 85 per cent of people could still get to their nearest court within an hour via public transport, down from 90 per cent now.
But Labour MP Tom Watson (Lab West Bromwich East) said the closure of courts would be a blow to nearby communities.
He said: “The idea of magistrates courts is that local people dispense justice.
“For people in West Bromwich, the justice system will now be further away. One problem is that this will make it harder to get witnesses to court, and I fear a result could be that more people get let off who shouldn’t be.
“Local magistrates are also more likely to understand the local community and the effect crimes have on it. I have raised the problem of metal theft before, and people in the Black Country would know what I was talking about while they might not elsewhere.”
Speaking in the Commons, Labour shadow justice minister Andrew Slaughter added: “Courts are not like Facebook or Tesco. They are an important part of many communities, in the same way that people regard police stations or town halls.”