Courts service secures spacious venues to choose juries safely

With many courts buildings being too small for sufficient social distancing, the courts service will employ the likes of hotels and sports venues to empanel the jury, which requires bringing large numbers of people together

20th September, 2020
Courts service secures spacious venues to choose juries safely
Following an almost six month hiatus, where no new jury trials began, the courts service slowly re-started the hearing of criminal trials in the Central Criminal Court and the Circuit Criminal Courts at the beginning of September

In a first for the Irish justice system, hotels, sports venues and a theatre have been secured by the courts service for empanelling juries, in order to stay in line with the current public health guidelines.

Trial by jury is a fundamental element of the criminal justice system and is guaranteed by the constitution.

Up to now empanelling a jury has involved bringing large numbers of people into a courts building. Once a jury is...

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