Jury to be selected today in trial of ex-Anglo chair FitzPatrick
A jury is to be sworn in today in the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick on charges of misleading the bank's auditors.
A specially enlarged jury of 15 members will be sworn for the trial, which is expected to last three months.
The extra jurors are required due to the length of the case, which is being heard at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
Only 12 will get to deliberate on a verdict, but three others shall be present throughout the trial and would act as substitutes should other jurors be unable to continue.
Mr FitzPatrick (66), of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, has pleaded not guilty to 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act.
These include 21 charges of making a misleading, false or deceptive statement to auditors, and six charges of furnishing false information in the years 2002 to 2007.
The charges are in connection with the disclosure of loans allegedly given to him or people connected to him by Irish Nationwide Building Society from 2002 to 2007 while he was an officer of Anglo Irish Bank.
Trial Judge John Aylmer said at a previous hearing that after the jury is sworn he anticipates two days of legal argument in their absence before the trial starts proper next week.