The October sittings of Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court look like they will be transferred to Galway Courthouse. The unexpected news was dropped on the Mayo legal profession and clients on Wednesday last, at the last sitting of the court before the Summer recess.
The necessity to transfer September sittings from Castlebar to Galway arises from the fact that the Central Criminal Court is booked to hear cases in Castlebar from Sept to January next.
At the Circuit Criminal Court in Castlebar on Wednesday , Judge Rory MacCabe indicated that due to the Central Criminal Court coming to Castlebar for the entirety of next term, it was proposed to move some Circuit Court trial cases to Galway.
Judge MacCabe told barristers who expressed concern about the transfer that he understood their frustrations but pointed out his options are limited.
Barrister Diarmuid Connolly complained in court that the Mayo Bar Association had not been consulted on the move the transfer Mayo trials. He said the transfer was a huge inconvenience to legal practicioners who had cases listed for October as well as their clients and called for the decision to be revisited.
Dermot Morahan is the President of the Mayo Solicitors Bar Association and he told Midwest News today that he has contacted the Courts Service, the body responsible for the administration of courts nationally, to secure the necessary clarification on the changes planned, without any consultation with the people affected.