‘No show’ jury panel must explain their absence

A Circuit Court Judge has directed that 27 people summonsed to attend for jury service in Letterkenny are to face court themselves for failing to show up for yesterday’s court sitting.

A Circuit Court Judge has directed that 27 people summonsed to attend for jury service in Letterkenny are to face court themselves for failing to show up for yesterday’s court sitting.

Judge Donagh McDonagh ordered that the ‘no show’ jury panel should now be charged for failing to answer their civic duty.

Speaking at yesterday’s sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court, the judge said the fact that 27 people ‘ignored’ their jury summons was a serious matter.

“I have never come across such a high number. So now they will have an opportunity to come before the court,” he said

Judge McDonagh swore in two jury panels for separate trials which were due to get underway yesterday. He noted 18 people were listed as absent from the first panel and nine from the second. He then directed that the court registrar contact the garda superintendent to issue the absent jury panelists with summonses to appear in court to explain their absence.