THE Director of Public Prosecutions has told the Circuit Criminal Court that the State will apply to have a 15 strong jury panel - instead of the standard 12 - for the forthcoming criminal trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank executives.
This afternoon barrister Diana Stuart, for the DPP, said the State would seek a larger jury panel following the introduction of new laws earlier this year.
Last July the Juries Act was amended to facilitate a larger jury panel where a criminal trial is expected to last more than two months.
This afternoon former Anglo chair Sean FitzPatrick attended the brief hearing which heard that depositions of "very important" witnesses would take place over the coming weeks ahead of the January 2014 trial.
Mr Fitzpatrick (65) of Whitshed Road, Greystones, William McAteer (62) of Auburn Villas, Rathgar and Pat Whelan (51) of Coast Road, Malahide have been charged with 16 counts of allegedly providing unlawful financial assistance to individuals to buy shares in the bank.
Mr Mc Ateer and Mr Whelan also attended the brief pre-trial hearing.