Criminal courts on the move to Anglesea Street following €34m upgrade

Criminal courts on the move to Anglesea Street following €34m upgrade

Barristers, solicitors, court staff, gardaí, prison officers and court reporters in Court One, Washington Street Courthouse, for the final sitting in the building before moving to Anglesea Street. Picture: Provision

THE final sitting of Cork Circuit Criminal Court has taken place in the Cork Courthouse on Washington Street, where trials have been held since 1836.

From Monday, all circuit and district criminal court sittings will take place in the renovated courthouse complex on Anglesea Street.

The building will be officially reopened in the presence of the Chief Justice, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, and the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, on the afternoon of Monday, May 28.

The renovated building is reopening after almost three years after a cost of €34 million. It was closed at the end of July 2015, with all district court activity moving from there to the Washington Street complex, where circuit court sittings were already heard.

From Monday, the Washington Street Courthouse will house all civil and family law cases. However, criminal court sittings for juveniles will still be heard there also.

Central Criminal Court hearings will also take place in the new building.

The work was done as part of a bundle project of work for the Courts Service for Cork, Drogheda, Letterkenny, and Limerick with the substantial upgrade of courthouses in Mullingar, Wexford, and Waterford.

In the new development, video-conferencing, digital recording and the electronic display of evidence will be available, as well as significantly improving accommodation, access and viewing facilities for witnesses, legal practitioners and the media.

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