Huge delays in court hearings for minor criminal prosecutions

Brendan Burgess

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In a case of alleged theft of €400 which is having a devastating impact on the accused's career, the earliest available hearing date is almost 2 years away - 18 April 2022.


Due to the Covid crisis and the backlog of cases before the courts, only cases involving senior counsel are being given pre-trial hearings. Mr O’Higgins will be defended by Michael O’Higgins SC, the court heard, while Ronan Kennedy SC is prosecuting the case.


That is a long time to have a case hanging over one's head.

The carer who raped the elderly woman in a care home on 3 April this year, was sentenced yesterday. But he had pleaded guilty.

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Brendan Burgess

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It didn't mention anything about being suspended.

I presume not. Do minor criminal cases result in a solicitor being suspended?

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gianni

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If he weren't suspended you'd imagine the press coverage wouldn't be great for business. Sometimes there is such thing as bad publicity.
 
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