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At the Four Courts this morning as Chief Justice Frank Clarke (screens) speaks during the first remote sitting of the Supreme Court with Media Relations Officer Gerry Curran, far left, and Irish Times journalist Mary Carolan, right

This afternoon.

The Court Service of Ireland writez:

Today for the first time ever, the courts in Ireland sat with all parties being present in court via remote video technology.

These Virtual Courtrooms will add to the other social distancing measures introduced by the courts in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal heard matters in individual cases via judges, practitioners and parties appearing via video from remote locations.

The cases were displayed on video screens in largely empty courts for members of the media present.

In the near future, reporters will be able to access cases remotely via secure and password protected links – acting as the eyes and ears of the public.

The courts will roll-out the technology in suitable cases in the coming days and weeks.

Other initiatives to organise future court hearings via extended social distancing planning will continue and expand in the coming weeks.

In a statement delivered in court via remote link, The Chief Justice, Frank Clarke emphasised that modernisation of processes was also taking place, in tandem with the use of technology.

He said that a new practice direction provided for new ways of clarifying matters in cases – in advance – so as to allow for a change in how the court and counsel interact via technology.

He indicated that this would aid the use of technology by proving for less interjection for clarification purposes during the hearings.

Virtual remote courts piloted in Ireland this morning (Courts Service Ireland)

Related: Supreme Court judges concerned about physical sittings due to Covid-19 risk (Mary Carolan, The Irish Times)

Emergency services found a woman who had given birth at the junction of Linenhall Street and North King Street early on Monday morning

This morning.

Further to reports on Monday of a woman having given birth at the junction of Linenhall Street and North King Street in central Dublin in the early hours of Monday morning…

The Irish Times reports this morning that she remained in the Rotunda Hospital last night:

The woman, who is of no fixed address but is believed to be a Dubliner, went into labour just after 1am around the junction of Linenhall Street and North King Street in what were below-zero temperatures at the time.

She delivered the baby by the roadside in the north inner city as a number of passersby and local people went to her aid on hearing her screams.

After giving birth the woman then walked southwards towards the quays and was eventually found with her baby by the emergency services at the Four Courts on Inns Quay.

…Garda sources described her as having no fixed address, although it remained unclear if she was a rough sleeper.

A number of sources in outreach services said the woman was not known to them and they believed she would be had she been sleeping on the streets.

Meanwhile, yesterday…

The Irish Independent reported:

“Despite report that the woman was homeless, a well-informed source told the Irish Independent that she was not a client of Dublin Region Homeless Executive’s (DRHE) services.”

Woman who gave birth on Dublin street remains in hospital (Conor Lally, The Irish Times)

‘Vulnerable’ woman gives birth on city street on freezing night in the capital (Irish Independent)

High Court

The public restaurant and bar in the Four Courts is due to close on July 31st and be replaced with consultation rooms. This is a disturbing development. The public who attend at the Four Courts are generally litigants or would-be litigants with their much-needed support from family and friends or witnesses.

Their experiences may be stressful and sometimes deeply upsetting. Their day may be long and involve anxiously waiting around or being in court.

It is reasonable that they should expect there to be somewhere that they may go within the building for a short break or for lunch, especially on occasions when time may be limited.

Come July 31st, those members of the public will have no alternative but to join what will be an extremely long queue at the tiny Friary Café, that seats about 20 people, or else leave the complex altogether to find refreshment nearby (time permitting).

I cannot think of any other public service building that requires people to attend all day that does not provide some form of restaurant or café-style facilities for their welfare.

With respect to the views of the OPW, we should prioritise the welfare of the public over the provision of consultation rooms.

Marie O’Shea, BL
Dublin 7.

Lunch at the Four Courts (The Irish Times)


Finally! It’s here.

After 25 years of providing courts news to the press for publication, Courts News Ireland have taken the bold step of creating an online courts news service for all.

Brian Kavanagh of C.N.I. writes:

“We are immensely proud to announce the launch of our website, a dedicated online platform for courts news which breaks new ground in the Irish media market. It is our first foray in to the digital sphere and part of an ambitious plan to bring comprehensive coverage of the Irish courts to our clients and to the public at large. For the first time people will have real-time access to courts news as it breaks and full access to reports as they are filed by our outstanding network of seasoned reporters”. The website embodies Ireland International News Agency’s dedication to excellence in reportage.”


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Courts News Ireland