A NUMBER of city solicitors say they are concerned that additional sittings of the district court may not now happen until the new year.
There were chaotic scenes this week as Judge Eamon O’Brien had to deal with more than 300 cases on a single day following the decision not to proceed with second court as planned.
The court list ran to almost 20 pages and included criminal charge sheets, summonses, parking summonses and annual licencing applications.
Members of the legal profession and members of the public had to stand at the back of the court during the court sitting and several dozen people had to wait outside the courtroom until their cases were called.
A spokesperson for the Courts Service said the delay in introducing the additional court sittings was due to a “temporary unavailability of judges due to several vacancies on the District Court bench”.
Although three new judges are expected to be sworn in this week solicitor Chris Lynch says he still fears that sittings of the extra court will not proceed until the new year.
“The likelyhood is that we won’t have a second judge before Christmas at this rate which is effectively getting into the busiest time of the year for us,” he said.
“People are, not unreasonably, getting upset about the fact that their cases are not being released in a prompt and timely fashion,” he added.