Concern for the future of Manorhamilton court is mounting following the announcement this week that Ballyconnell District Court, which covers a huge area of West Cavan will be merged into Cavan Town sittings.
The Court Service Review is ongoing, Manorhamilton Court is being reviewed as part of the process to streamline services.
The Court Service have informed the paper there has been “no change” in the Manorhamilton situation but the outcome of the Manor question will not be until “later in the year.”
40 district courts outside of Dublin have been identified as venues which should be further considered for closure -subject to a detailed assessment and the preparation of a business case.
Manorhamilton District Court currently comes under the jurisdiction of the Sligo Court system, but this may change and Manorhamilton could be merged into Carrick-on-Shannon in line with county jurisdictions. These issues will be taken into consideration in the assessment.
The terms for closure are understood to be based on the case load, the number of court sittings, staff, accessibility, condition of the building, technical facilities and geographical distance between the alternative court venue.
It is understood that in 2010 Ballyconnell District Court had almost 1,000 cases.