Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Justice and Equality
370. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the arrangements being made to allow persons over 70 years of age or with underlying health conditions to attend family court proceedings remotely; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11258/20]
Under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings, is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions.
I am advised by the Courts Service that where court offices are advised that either party to family law proceedings has an underlying health condition, or is in a category of persons identified as being particularly vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus, irrespective of their age profile, arrangements will be made to deal with the matter remotely. To ensure that the arrangements run smoothly, parties or their legal advisors are asked to contact the relevant court office in advance of the case being listed in Court.