Monday, December 09, 2019

The Chief Justice Frank Clarke, has announced that the Supreme Court will sit in Co Mayo for the first time in history.

Group pictured at at Mayo Solicitors Bar Association annual dinner dance  in The Lodge at Ashford Castle.

Pictured at Mayo Solicitors Bar Association annual dinner dance in The Lodge at Ashford Castle were (from left): Samantha Geraghty, Aoife O’Malley, Catherine Heneghan, Augusta Tuohy, Assumpta Joyce, Emer Lyons and Patricia Smyth. Picture: John O’Grady Photography

Speaking at the Mayo Solicitors’ Bar Association annual dinner at the Lodge at Ashford on Saturday night last, the Chief Justice said he was delighted to inform the assembled guests that the country’s highest court will be hearing cases in the county town in February/ March 2021.

Since his appointment to the highest judicial office in the land, Mr Justice Clarke has led a number of sittings of the Supreme Court outside of the Four Courts, including a visit to Galway earlier this year while a sitting in Kilkenny is planned for the spring of 2020.

The move is part of the Supreme Court’s ambition to create more visibility of the country’s highest court and a greater understanding of its role. Mr Justice Clarke said he and his Supreme Court colleagues look forward to engaging and meeting with legal practitioners when they visit Castlebar.

The historic announcement is a great reflection on the courthouse facilities in Castlebar which is among the finest in the country, having been refurbished a decade ago.

The large gathering of solicitors at the dinner warmly welcomed the significant announcement.

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