JUDGE: MY FEARS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY AT CRAMPED COURT HOUSE

first_imgJudge John O’HaganA JUDGE has said he fears the facilities at a cramped court house could be potentially dangerous in the event of an emergency.Judge John O’Hagan was speaking at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday as he was about to sit at a jury trial. A jury panel of almost 100 people and around 200 other people attending a family law hearing at the District Court in the same court house had been forced to wait in a cramped waiting area between the two court rooms.A consultancy room, complained barrister Peter Nolan, meant that he had to use a dishevelled jury room to speak to his client because no other facilities were available.The courts service has already given the go-ahead to a new court house in Letterkenny which will be completed in 2017.But Judge O’Hagan said the conditions in the 19th century court house still being used were ‘intolerable’.He went on: “God forbid if there was an emergency and we had to get everybody out quickly because we couldn’t.”He said he new the caretaker of the court building was “tearing his hair out” trying to cope with the out-dated facilities.“I won’t be here in 2017 when the new court will open but something must be done about what we have in the meantime,” said Judge O’Hagan.“I intend to write to the Chief Executive of the Courts Service to complain because what everyone has to do deal with here is a disgrace.”Mr Nolan told the court that the facilities were ‘outrageous’.He said people attending the family law hearing were forced to stand ‘cheek to cheek’ in the waiting room for hours on end.He said it simply wasn’t good enough that he had to use a jury room for a consultation with a client facing very serious criminal charges.JUDGE: MY FEARS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY AT CRAMPED COURT HOUSE was last modified: February 12th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:court houseJUdge John O’Haganletterkennylast_img

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