Over 70 people due to attend for jury service in Cork next week for the selection of a jury for a rape trial were notified today not to attend due to the decision to reduce the number of court sittings because of Covid-19.
A rape trial was due to commence on Wednesday which would have required the swearing in of a jury.
However, the Central Criminal Court’s sitting in Cork was one of the courts that was cancelled this month following a meeting of the Courts Service on Thursday evening.
Court staff in Cork notified the jury panellists that their attendance would not be required after all.
The case for which a jury was to have been sworn was a historical rape case dating back to the 1990s on a 28-count indictment.
It will now be a matter for the Central Criminal Court to set a future date for the hearing of that case.
Also cancelled was the two-week High Court personal injuries list due to commence at the Washington Street courthouse on Monday, March 16.
The Courts Service stated, “In many ways, it will be business as usual, but with mitigating measures in place to reduce the numbers attending courts.
“The Service is very aware of its responsibility to limit the scope of any threats to health which large gatherings may pose: but we are also aware that arrangements must be respectful of people’s rights.”
Those with court appearances in the coming weeks are advised to check notices each evening on www.courts.ie and the legal diary.
“The District Court will remain open throughout the country. In response to Government directions to minimise social contact, work in the District Court will be scaled scale back to deal with urgent matters only. Non-urgent matters will be adjourned to future dates.
“People with legal representation are asked to instruct their solicitors to seek an adjournment. They do not need to attend court and their solicitor will advise them of their next date in court.
“People who do not have legal representation should come to court and can then ask to have their case adjourned.
“Video Conferencing will be available for use for custody hearings.”