JUDGE ACCEPTS THAT “REPRIEVE” FOR CLONES COURTHOUSE IS UNLIKELY

20 June 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By MICHAEL McDONNELL
michael@northern-standard.ie

THE RESIDING judge of the District Court in Cavan and Monaghan has indicated that he believes a reprieve for Clones District Court — which has been earmarked for closure by the Courts Service — is unlikely.

Judge Sean MacBride made his remarks during a substantial statement at Clones District Court on Friday last, where he referred to submissions he had made to the relevant committee of the Courts Service to make the case for retaining the sittings in the town.

He had done his “level best” in this regard, the judge said, but he pointed out that it also had to be accepted that the annual number of cases being held in the venue was, unfortunately, relatively low.

He had argued in his submission, however, there would be “no real saving of money” in closing Clones, the judge told Friday’s hearings. He would be personally sad to see it close, and he noted that this might be his last time on the bench in the venue, given that he would be on holidays next month and that it was likely that the closure, if confirmed, would take effect before the September sittings.

With regard to an invitation made to him to attend a recent meeting organised by Clones Town Council and local solicitors to campaign against the proposal, Judge MacBride explained …

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