The Courts Service – the body responsible for the administration of the justice and courts system in Ireland – is seeking submissions on the possible closure of a number of local courthouses around Dublin, including Dún Laoghaire Courthouse. I am strongly opposed to the closure of Dún Laoghaire Courthouse, which makes no sense either practically or economically.
I have raised this issue with the DLR Chief Executive and at the Council’s Corporate Policy Group. Council management and councillors are united in opposing this suggested measure and submissions to that effect will be made by both the Chief Executive and the elected members.
I have already written to the Courts Service making the basis of my objections known. You can read my submission here. I have also written directly to the Minister for Justice & Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD and spoken to the Chairman of the Bar Council, who is a member of the Courts Service Board and is also opposed to the closures.
The Courts Service issued a press release seeking submissions and views on the “reorganisation” of the Dublin County and City courts and “proposals for the centralisation of criminal business in the Criminal Courts of Justice and traffic cases into Blanchardstown courthouse”.
The proposals will first be considered by the Building Committee of the Courts Service at the end of June, and thereafter by the Board of the Courts Service, which will make the final decision in relation to the closure of any venue.
The proposals include closure of courts in Dún Laoghaire, Swords, Balbriggan and Tallaght and the creation of two new traffic courts in Blanchardstown courthouseand the Criminal Courts of Justice in Parkgate Street. It is also proposed to centralise all juvenile justice issues to the Children Court in Smithfield, in the city centre.
You can make submissions to the review by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org by the 5th of September 2014.
You can read the Courts Service’s press release, calling for submissions, here.