Minister Flanagan welcomes Supreme Court’s first use of video technology to hear case remotely

 

20 April, 2020,

 

For the first time ever, the Supreme Court in Ireland held a sitting with all parties being present via remote video technology.

 

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, welcomed the announcement by the Courts Service, while the Supreme Court conducted the short hearing this morning.

 

The Minister said,

 

As demonstrated across the globe, the COVID-19 crisis is changing day-to-day life in unprecedented ways. These changes bring with them challenges, both practical and emotional. For many organisations, business as usual is not an option.  However, the business of the courts is of fundamental importance and therefore today’s hearing is a very welcome development. I commend the Courts Service and everyone else involved.

 

“This is the beginning of a new initiative and the Court of Appeal is due to also hold remote hearings this week.  Clearly remote sittings are more challenging and many of us are grappling with the difficulties inherent in needing to work closely together while staying physically apart. However, I am pleased that so much innovation is taking place and we are now at a stage where remote hearings can allow the Courts to move through their important case work.

 

“It is important to note that the Courts continue to sit in-person for urgent business.  I know this is an anxious time for all concerned for many reasons and I welcome the special arrangements and social distancing measures introduced by the Courts Service in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

“I believe that today’s innovative pilot sitting is a landmark day for the Courts and one that will further contribute to the efficient administration of justice in our State at this difficult time.”

 

Other courts will roll out the technology for use in suitable cases in the coming days and weeks. 

 

ENDS…/

 

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