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County Coroner

Covid-19 UPDATE - 26th January 2021 




The situation regarding resumption of inquest hearings will be reviewed on 5th March.


Prof. Denis A. Cusack, 

Senior Coroner for the District of Kildare. 


26th January 2021.

Covid-19 UPDATE - 9th January 2021 



A meeting of the Coroners’ Council (of the Coroners of Ireland) took place today, Saturday 9th January 2021, at which a number of ongoing critical and developing matters in the current National Covid-19 Pandemic Emergency were considered by the Coroners Service. 


Sittings of the Kildare Coroner’s Court have now been suspended for the month of January. Accordingly, the listed Sittings of the Court on Tuesdays 12thand 26thJanuary 2021 are now postponed.  


The situation regarding resumption of inquest hearings will be reviewed on 26thJanuary 2021. New dates will be considered in due course for the hearings of those cases listed for January and in preparation for February 2021. The new listed dates will be notified in due course but this notification may be some weeks in the future as the Covid-19 pandemic situation demands. 


The listings for 12thand 26thJanuary 2021 will remain on this Coroner’s website by way of information only as to cases currently before the Coroner's Court for hearing


Prof. Denis A. Cusack,

Senior Coroner for the District of Kildare. 


9th January 2021.

Postponed Hearings 12th January 2021

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Postponed Hearings 26th January 2021

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Covid-19 UPDATE - 4th January 2021


Covid-19 Arrangements Summary: 

All Inquests hearings in the Coroner's District of Kildare listed in 2020 and into 2021 have been scheduled by case at designated time intervals to ensure social distancing with the health and safety of all concerned paramount. All attendees at inquests must follow the instructions of the Garda members in their capacity as Coroner's Officers and the instructions of Courthouse staff.  


Coroner’s Court Arrangements:

The Courts and the justice system have been identified as essential services by the Government in the Covid-19 Framework and we will continue to be open for essential business in the Coroner’s Court. However, we must continue to conduct our business in accordance with public health guidelines.
Attendances at inquests will be limited to the number of people that can safely be present in any of our court buildings and courtrooms at any time and we have put in place measures to regulate better and minimise the numbers required to attend courts to ensure that court buildings and the courtrooms do not become overcrowded. 


Those attending Naas Courthouse for inquests should continue to follow the public health guidance, and the Courts Service health and safety protocols, to help prevent the spread of the disease. Please: 

  • wear face coverings at all times in the court building and courtroom, unless directed by the Coroner or Coroner’s Officer to remove same 
  • physical distance at 2 metres 
  • continue good hand and respiratory hygiene 
  • avoid congregating in groups 
  • comply with directions from the Gardaí, as the Coroner’s Officers, and from the Courts Service staff in relation to the management of the numbers of persons in court buildings and courtrooms and 
  • if you have symptoms or if you have been directed to restrict your movement or are awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test, you should not to attend court. 


These measures will be constantly reviewed in line with public health guidelines and may be subject to change as the guidelines change or our experience suggests changes are required. 
The Coroner’s Court thanks those attending at inquests for their on-going compliance with and support for the safety measures that have been put in place. By working together we have been able to keep the court open and conduct as many inquests as possible, in a safe environment. We are encouraging all matters before the Coroner’s Court to be concluded with as few court events as possible and we appreciate the cooperation of bereaved families, legal practitioners and all court users in this endeavour. 
Over the months August to November 2020 and now into 2021 cases have been listed for hearing at an increased number of Sittings to deal with cases held back due to the restrictions earlier in 2020 with those ready to proceed to hearing taken in chronological order. Properly Interested Persons and Legal Representatives should note that cases with larger number of witnesses; with larger number of interested persons and legal representatives; of a complex nature; or requiring jury - these cases will not be listed for hearing until a time to be set in later 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic emergency requirements and consequential strict Courthouse arrangements for social distancing. The situation regarding Sittings for 2021 will be kept under active review and will be updated accordingly on the Coroner’s website at the appropriate time. Any inquiries on individual cases should be made to the Coroner's Office.

Kildare District Coroner’s Office: Update 4th January 2021.