A legal first for Donegal

A legal first for Donegal
Legal history was made in the county for the first time, it is understood, when a trial was unable to proceed due to not enough jurors being available this week.

Legal history was made in the county for the first time, it is understood, when a trial was unable to proceed due to not enough jurors being available this week.

On Tuesday at Letterkenny Circuit Court, two trials were preparing to get underway before Judge Donagh McDonagh.

A total of 28 people turned up to serve their civic duty on the jury panel.

Both the prosecution and defence teams are both entitled to make unspecified objections of jurors prior to the panel being sworn in. They successfully reached 12 jurors for the first trial but between the remaining members of the jury panel, coupled with six juror challenges, they had only reached six jurors after the procedure for the second case. The basic requirement for a trial to go ahead is ten. Judge McDonagh adjourned the matter to be tried under a new jury panel.