All rise: Kilkenny to host sitting of Supreme Court for first time ever
For the first time ever the Supreme Court will sit in Kilkenny it has been confirmed.
The Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Frank Clarke made the announcement at the Mayo Solicitors’ Bar Association annual dinner in Castlebar on Saturday.
The news will come as a massive boost to Kilkenny’s economy after the recent sittings of the High Court planned for Kilkenny last month was cancelled at the last minute due to a lack of judges available.
This will be just the fourth time in the history of the State the Supreme Court has sat outside of Dublin and is scheduled to be held during the Hilary sittings (the first quarter of the year) sometime between January 13 and April 3.
The Supreme Court sat outside of Dublin for the first time in its history when it visited Cork in 2015. It subsequently visited Limerick in 2018 and Galway earlier this year. It will sit in Castlebar in 2021.
Known as the court of final appeal, the Supreme Court is the highest judicial authority in the land and oversees decisions on general public importance and constitutionality.