Criminal trials to be held in Croke Park

Criminal trials will be held in Croke Park through the first three months of 2021 in order to assist the Court Service address the practicalities of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Up to 200 courtroom sitting days will happen through the time frame, which is a part of the Courts Service plan to guarantee as a lot courtroom enterprise as doable can happen through the pandemic. 

The new courtroom facility at Croke Park, which has various convention amenities, will enable for 3 courts to sit. 

The price of hiring the venue for the three months is €437,000, and the Courts Service says it believes that Croke Park offers the "optimum solution" to run trial hearings in the New Year "so as to continue to provide access to justice during the pandemic".

Speaking on the signing of the contract on the stadium, Courts Service CEO Angela Denning mentioned: "We have been challenged throughout the nation to try to facilitate prison trials, in appropriate and protected places amidst our tasks to hold courts operational and employees, the Judiciary, jurors and courtroom customers protected. 

"Outside Dublin we’ve being utilizing 12 venues throughout the nation and suggestions from jurors and others has been very optimistic.

"We will use Croke Park to guarantee this monitor file of security is sustained as we offer entry to justice in protected and appropriate situations. 

"The facilities provide a venue which is respectful of the importance of the proceedings which will take place there, and which respects the professional needs and the security, privacy and dignity of all court users."

Mark Dorman Head of Stadium at Croke Park mentioned: "It is suitable that this nice nationwide venue ought to be used as a significant assist for the democratic functioning of the nation, as collectively we work to get better from the previous months of disaster. 

"Courts play a significant function in sustaining entry to justice, and legislation and order in any nation. They make it possible for redress for victims as individuals are held to account for his or her actions. Croke Park isn’t unused to nice adversarial battles, and offers an appropriate enviornment to maintain courts. 

"The GAA welcomes the courts to Croke Park, and hope we can build on the relationship that has been established over the years by GAA clubs regularly hosting court sittings, when needed."

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