Co Dublin A96 P7R6
Resumption of Coroner’s Court Sittings May 2021
Covid-19 Arrangements Summary:
Inquests hearings in the Coroner's District of Kildare are now resuming and all hearings listed for 2021 will be 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 Covid-19 Public Health Precautions:
The Courts and the justice system have been identified as essential services by the Government in the Covid-19 Framework and we will now resume the essential work of the Coroner’s Court. However, all business will be conducted 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:
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 will be able to resume hearings and 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 coming months May to July 2021 cases will be listed for hearing at an increased number of Sittings to deal with cases held back due to the restrictions in 2020 and this year 2021 with those ready to proceed to hearing taken in chronological order commencing with already adjourned hearings.
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 to be given specially fixed dates will not be listed for hearing until late 2021 at the earliest and into 2022 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic emergency requirements and consequential strict Courthouse availability, the large number of cases for hearing and necessary 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 or to the Investigating Garda as Coroner’s Investigating Officer.
Kildare District Coroner’s Office: Update April 30th 2021.