High Covid-19 rates trigger adjournment of District Court cases (via Irish Times)

Criminal and family law cases not affected and will be prioritised, says court president

By Mary Carolan, 1st April 2022

A large number of District Court cases in the Dublin Metropolitan District have been adjourned for another week due to high numbers of Covid-19 cases, including among judges and court staff.

Criminal and family law cases are not affected and will continue to be prioritised, said District Court president Judge Paul Kelly.

The judge told The Irish Times on Friday that about eight judges have Covid-19 and a high number of court staff, as well as gardaí and lawyers, are also affected by the virus.

Up to 130 court staff are either isolating as close contacts or have contracted the disease.

The judge has contacted all District Court judges asking them to forego holidays and make themselves available where they can in an effort to ensure the continuation of as many lists as possible.

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