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Date: 09/05/2007

Opening of new courthouse in Bray, Co. Wicklow

The Chief Justice the Hon. Mr Justice John L. Murray - today presided over the opening of the new Bray courthouse. The courthouse was opened by Minister for the Environment Mr. Dick Roche.

The provision of the new court for Bray is part of the Courts Service seven year building strategy which has seen the completion of 48 new or totally refurbished Courthouses throughout the state, and the upgrading and/or major maintenance work undertaken in 100 more.

Sometime ago the board of the Courts Service decided - taking into account the greatly increasing population of the greater Dublin area and the national Spatial Strategy - that new or greatly expanded court facilities should be provided in large suburban centres. This new facility in Bray is in keeping with this objective.

In short, the facilities now available will ensure that court users needs in Bray and the surrounding area will be met for many years to come with the provision of this building. It provides for the dignity and privacy of those who seek redress before our courts or who have cause to appear there. It reflects the seriousness of the business of the administration of justice, which is conducted within.

Facilities in this project

The new courthouse has
»  three courtrooms with adjoining judges' chambers,
»  a jury room
»  legal practitioners' room
»  consultation rooms
»  offices for the staff of the District Court
»  victim support room
»  media room
»  holding cells for prisoners with direct access to both of the main courtrooms.
The building is supported by the latest information technology.

A central venue - The Cualann Centre

The new courthouse in Bray forms part of the recently developed Cualann Centre. The centre also contains new offices for Bray Town Council, new headquarters for the Health Service Executive, restaurants, the Mermaid Arts Centre and the Department of Social and Family Affairs offices for Bray and Wicklow.

Further development will involve the construction of residential units consisting of 17 four/five bedroom houses together with a 31 bedroom hotel and the renovation of the existing St. Cronan's House.

The entire site is knitted together by means of courtyards and open spaces in this essentially pedestrian scheme.