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 Former Anglo Irish Bank Chairman Sean FitzPatrick. Photo: Frank McGrath

Former Anglo Irish Bank Chairman Sean FitzPatrick. Photo: Frank McGrath

Former Anglo Irish Bank Chairman Sean FitzPatrick. Photo: Frank McGrath

THE public will be able to view the Anglo trial in a special viewing room set up in the Criminal Courts of Justice.

The level of public interest in the trial of former staff at Anglo Irish Bank is expected to be huge.

The case will involve former Anglo chairman Sean FitzPatrick as well as executive Pat Whelan.

It is to be held before Judge Martin Nolan in Court 19 – the biggest courtroom available – but now a special overflow viewing room will be available.

Jurors will be provided with laptops to view documents electronically. The files will also be displayed on screens throughout the court.

 

Lengthy

The case involves 24 million documents including 800 witness statements.

A large portion of the space in the courtroom will be taken up with assigned seating for the legal teams and the media.

The Courts Service has been preparing for the impending trial on February 4 for several months. A total of 1,500 jury summonses were sent out with 500 expected to turn up. This number will then be whittled down to the 15 who will hear the case.

An amendment last year to the 1976 Juries Act means that an enlarged jury of 15 people can now be empanelled for lengthy trials. Although only 12 jurors will retire to deliberate on a verdict, three substitutes will be present throughout the trial should a juror be unable to continue.

Mr FitzPatrick (64), Mr McAteer (62) and Mr Whelan (50) have been charged with 16 counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to individuals in July 2008 to buy shares in the bank. They are expected to enter not guilty pleas.

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