The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D., has signed legal documents to pave the way for the operation of the new Criminal Courts of Justice building at Parkgate Street, Dublin. Criminal trials from the Dublin District court will commence at the new building from tomorrow (Monday, 7th December.)  Trials and appeals in other criminal cases will commence in January. 

The Minister said "This is the largest court building project undertaken since Gandon's iconic Four Courts was completed towards the end of the 18th century and is one of the most significant developments in the history of the courts in Ireland. Great credit is due to the Courts Service for its management of this massive project. This enabling legislation provides for streamlined and efficient custody management and administrative operations within the building. 

"I am particularly pleased that the new building will provide vastly improved conditions for the public, jurors, victims and their families with secure segregated accommodation areas and access routes. The reception area for jurors can comfortably accommodate up to 400 people and there are dining facilities and jury rooms all within a segregated area. This represents a dramatic improvement as anyone who has served on a jury in the Four Courts can testify. Rooms have also been provided for victims, witnesses and vulnerable witnesses within a secure area. This development will have a very positive impact on the criminal justice system and will transform the experience of those attending the courts in Dublin," added the Minister.

6th December 2009. 

Note for Editors

The following Criminal Courts will operate from the new complex(most phased in during January): Distrrict Court, Circuit Criminal Court, Central Criminal Court, Special Criminal Court and Court of Criminal Appeal).