Thursday 22 October 2020; Following the Government’s announcement to move the entire country to Level 5 on the National Framework, the Courts Service intends to continue safely running existing trials until they finish. It is not viable, at this point, to start empanelling juries and running new trials, at this point, in the pandemic. Therefore from Thursday 22 October 2020 empanelling of juries and new trials will not commence, until further notice from the Courts Service.
Health and Safety measures
The Courts Service’s main priority is the safety of all court users. Jury service is an essential element of the criminal justice system and every effort has been made to ensure jury trials are safe and feel safe to people attending for jury service. The Courts Service has safely conducted a number of jury trials since the start of the pandemic, receiving excellent feedback from jurors who felt safe throughout the process, as a result of the Courts Service comprehensive health and safety management programme and measures. The health and safety protocols and protective measures in place are working well and these standards will continue to be maintained throughout Level 5.
If you are due to attend an existing trial but have concerns about public transport please call the contact number on the summons.
The Courts Service is getting in touch with any other potential jurors regarding the cancellation of jury trials.
Please note the Courts Service may contact jurors who have confirmed their attendance and provided a mobile contact number by text with any changes to the information contained in their summons. When confirming attendance, if you are in a position to, please provide a contact mobile number.
If you have received a summons and are unsure please call the contact number on the summons.
Changes to juries, court sittings and court operations are typically made available through - @CourtsServiceIE and on our webpages :
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