Trinity term & Covid protocols

Dear Practitioners,

As we enter the Trinity term, I wish to remind everyone of the importance of attending the courthouse for the minimum time required and leaving immediately after your court appearance.  There are no consultation rooms available and practitioners should organise alternative methods to meet clients or colleagues before and after court.

As the vaccination process continues to roll out, we all hope to be in a better position later in the year.  However we are not there yet and for now it is important that public health guidance is adhered to.  

The schedule for Trinity is to run the maximum number of courts since the pandemic began.  Some of these courts will continue to use pexip (e.g. for callovers and some lists) and physical cases will be time slotted to spread the footfall in the building.  However if these courts are to proceed as scheduled, then we all need to co-operate to ensure that persons are in the building for the minimum amount of time required and maintain social distancing and other protocols while in the building.  We do this to protect each other and all court users.

Anyone attending court buildings should continue to follow the public health guidance, and the Courts Service health and safety protocols, to help prevent the spread of Covid, please:

– wear face coverings at all times in a court building, unless directed by a judge to remove same
– physical distance at 2 meters
– continue good hand and respiratory hygiene
– avoid congregating in groups
– comply with directions from Courts Service staff in relation to the management of the numbers of persons in court buildings and
– if you have symptoms or if you have been directed to restrict your movement or awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test, you should not to attend court

Mary Crowley
Office Manager,
The Courthouse,
Washington Street,
Cork City T12 C6CV

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