A SECOND District Court judge is to be assigned to Limerick city due to the large number of cases that are coming before the court.
Concerns have been expressed in recent months that the current workload at Limerick District Court is excessive and confirmation that a second judge is to be appointed has been largely welcomed within legal circles.
At present the court regularly sits late into the evening and there are special sittings of the court almost every weekend.
Recent figures from the Courts Service show the number of cases being dealt in Limerick city is almost on a par with Cork City, where there are three full-time judges.
From November 1, a moveable judge will be assigned to preside over sittings of the new court before a permanent appointment is made at a later date.
The new court, which will sit four days a week at Courtroom 2 at the County Courthouse on Merchant’s Quay, will not deal with any cases involving persons in custody.
Planning, litter and parking cases will all come before the new court which will also deal with the majority of family law cases.
The change means that, from November, the number of days set aside for family law cases at the district court will increase by 50 per cent.
A dedicated day will also be set aside each month to deal with contested family law cases and HSE related cases.
All criminal cases and prosecutions relating to traffic offences will be heard at sittings of the existing court