15 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard


THERE WAS a buzz of excitement among the legal eagles of Co Monaghan on Tuesday morning last when the Central Criminal Court sat in the county town for the first time in its history.
Local solicitors, barristers and courts staff lined up to be photographed with high-profile judge Mr Justice Paul Carney outside the recently refurbished courthouse in Monaghan prior to the hearing

A case alleging rape and sexual assault on a female minor is being heard in Monaghan throughout this week.

Mr Justice Carney who is the senior ordinary judge of the High Court and the presiding judge of its criminal division, the Central Criminal Court, was later the guest of honour at a dinner to mark the occasion, which was hosted in the Westenra Arms Hotel by the County Monaghan Bar Association.

Solicitor Kevin Hickey, the president of the association said it was a historic day for the area, and that he and his colleagues were delighted to welcome the Court and Mr Justice Carney to Monaghan.

It is understood that the renowned judge indicated at the dinner that he and his entourage were delighted in turn with the warm welcome they had experienced in Monaghan.

The Central Criminal Court will visit Monaghan again in February of next year, where it will hear a murder case that was adjourned at the outset of Tuesday’s sitting

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