Court closures 'are damaging justice system'
THE systematic closure of courthouses, including four around Dublin, has been condemned by the president of the Law Society as "damaging to the very fabric of the justice system".
John Shaw said the court shutdowns "are being driven solely by economic considerations and not by considerations of justice and its accessibility by citizens".
In Dublin the shutting of courts at Balbriggan, Dun Laoghaire, Tallaght and Swords was an issue, not just for solicitors, but for a million people, he said.
In an address at the Justice Media Awards, the Law Society president said the closure of Dublin courts would mean there would be no court venue between Bray and the north bank of the Liffey.