Court services in Thurles and Nenagh have received a boost under recommendations in the report into the Review of Court Services in Tipperary
The review was carried out in the past three years in which Roscrea and Templemore courthouses have closed, with services being moved to Nenagh and Thurles respectively.
There have also been fears in the past number of months that Nenagh Courthouse services could be moved to a refurbished courthouse building in Limerick.
However, the Court Services, under CEO Brendan Ryan, has agreed to the implementation of key recommendations in the review and a submission has been made by the Court Services to the Justice Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, for resources to implement the changes.
Among the recommendations agreed are the authorisation by the Courts Service of the transaction of Circuit Court criminal, civil and family law business from a revamped Nenagh office; the provision of sufficient staff resources to the revamped office in Nenagh to enable it deliver its additional responsibilities; the refurbishment of Nenagh Courthouse to enable it to house an revamped court office.
Other areas include the revision of the scheduled sitting days allocated to District No 8 so as to provide an additional day per month in Thurles for both criminal and family law business, and the transfer of certain DEDs from the District Court area of Thurles to the District Court area of Tipperary.
One of the major concerns among the legal profession was the removal of the Probate Registry from Clonmel, but this is to be restored
An office manager will be appointed in Clonmel to look after all Circuit and District Court operations and staff in County Tipperary, along with the transfer of the management of the business of Carrick-on-Suir District Court from Waterford Court Office to Clonmel Court Office
There will be a transfer of certain DEDs from the District Court area of Carrick-on-Suir to the District Court area of Waterford.
There will be a review of the courthouse venues in County Tipperary in the context of a remodelled organisational structure two years after implementation of the report.
The announcement has been welcomed by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and his Government colleague Noel Coonan.
“I’m confident that resources will be made available and I’ll certainly ensure that everything is done to make this happen. This is very welcome news for the court services in County Tipperary and I know all those working in the legal profession will, in particular, be happy with this result,” said Minister Kelly.
Deputy Coonan also described it as “positive news”, and said it followed ongoing contact between Mr Ryan and himself.
“I, along with Minister Frances Fitzgerald, met a number of local solicitors in Roscrea to discuss their concerns regarding the maintenance and enhancement of court services in Tipperary following a review of services. I am pleased this has helped lead to an enhanced administration of justice,” he said.