High Court president criticises lawyers for not following Covid-19 guidelines

Ms Justice Mary Irvine
Ms Justice Mary Irvine

The president of the High Court has criticised lawyers for failing to follow public health guidelines in the courts, including the requirement for two-metre physical distancing.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine said there were “more practitioners offending than complying with their social distancing obligations” in a letter to the respective heads of the Bar Council and the Law Society.

She said the problem was not limited to Dublin and could risk the reversal of the reopening of the courts after the Covid-19 shutdown.

Her letter was circulated to barristers yesterday with a note from Bar Council chairperson Maura McNally SC urging them to follow the rules.

Ms Justice Irvine wrote: “Surely, every member of the bar and the solicitor’s profession must by now appreciate that their actions have the potential not only to adversely impact their own their own health and financial welfare but damage if not destroy that of their colleagues?”

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