High Court president warns of risk of ‘short notice’ adjournments

The president of the High Court has warned that cases could be adjourned at short notice due to a shortage of judges, The Irish Times reports.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said: “As a result of a shortage of judges in the High Court, it is necessary to redeploy judges from their designated duties so as to ensure that trials in the Central Criminal Court, Family Law, Wards of Court and Commercial List cases do not have to be postponed.

“As a result, it is regretted that all cases in every other High Court list are at risk of having to be adjourned at short notice.”

There are currently three vacancies in the High Court, some of which were created following appointments to the Court of Appeal, which has also been struggling with a shortage of judges.

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