The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and friends were guests of Mr Justice Paul Carney in the magnificent Central Criminal Court building on Parkgate Street on Tuesday 13 January 2015. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce were privileged to be received in the judge’s conference room with magnificent views over the Liffey and city.
A number of Mr Justice Carney’s judicial colleagues were present and outlined the roles of the various courts and the types of cases that would be likely to be heard that morning. After that briefing we were addressed by the Chief Executive of the Courts Service, Mr Brendan Ryan, who explained the background to the funding and maintenance, by way of public private partnership arrangement, of the new building.
We were then guided through the courts by the Head of Protocol of the Courts Services, Elisha D’Arcy. We had the opportunity of observing Mr Justice Carney’s court, the Special Criminal Court and courts of the High Court, Circuit Court and District Court.
Judge Carney has long been a great supporter of all things Swedish and Scandinavian. He of course spent part of his youth in Uppsala and went to school there. It is accordingly very fitting that, this year , the Swedish Chamber of Commerce will organise a visit to Uppsala for the weekend of 13 – 14 March.
We are very grateful to the Courts Service and to Judge Carney for their hospitality and congratulate them on the splendid building and facilities that they operate.