Shortage of judges halts extra court sittings in Limerick

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

THE Courts Service has confirmed that a shortage of judges means additional sittings of Limerick Court will not proceed as planned.

THE Courts Service has confirmed that a shortage of judges means additional sittings of Limerick Court will not proceed as planned.

From today, a second judge had been due to sit four days a week due to the large number of cases that are coming before the courts in Limerick city.

However, a spokesperson for the Courts Service says the provision of additional sittings of the court have been delayed as there is a “temporary unavailability of judges due to several vacancies on the District Court bench”.

At present there is no judge assigned to Limerick city, altough Judge Eamon O’Brien has presided over the majority of cases since the Promotion of Judge Tom O’Donnell to the Circuit Court in July.

Despite the current difficulties, the Courts Service insists that plans to faciliate additional court sittings will remain in place.

“Much work and effort to organise this initiative was put in place by the Courts Service in Limerick. Such arrangements remain in place for when the second court can begin operation. In the meantime all cases will go ahead as normal before the sitting judge in the district.”

The Limerick Leader understands that arrangements are being made at present which will facilitate the appointment of new judges in the coming weeks.

The unavailability of moveable judges has also seen the cancellation of several court sittings in County Limerick over the past week.