A DONEGAL Judge has expressed concern at what he calls a ’significant slippage’ in adherence to Covid-19 guidelines in court.

Judge Paul Kelly was speaking at today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court.

Since the resumption of court hearings, there is a limit 21 people who are permitted in the courtroom at a given time.

Judge Kelly said that there had been a ‘significant slippage’ in adhering to Covid-19 regulations by people in court.

Judge Kelly highlighted that some practitioners in court have not been complying with social distancing and mask wearing.

“People who are not adhering are not only putting themselves at risk, but everyone else in the court building,” Judge Kelly said.

“There has been an increase in Dublin since last weekend and the figures for Donegal and a number of other counties are quite alarming.

“I repeat the directions that social distancing requirements must be strictly observed by practitioners and members of An Garda Síochána.

“There are restrictions that have fallen into slippage and they need to recommence and efforts redoubled.

“This is still a dangerous time for everyone and I would ask that practitioners to have regard to that.”


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