HC Deb 04 May 1911 vol 25 cc605-6

asked the Attorney-General for Ireland whether he is aware that it has been the practice in recent years to hold the Connaught winter assizes in another province, to the inconvenience and expense to poor witnesses and others from the different counties of Connaught whose atttendance at these assizes may be required; and, if so, whether, in view of the fact that there are towns in Connaught possessing some of the finest and most commodious court houses in Ireland, with the best hotel accommodation as well, he will consider the advisability of having these assizes held in the province of Connaught in future?


The Connaught Winter Assizes have been held in the city of Limerick for the past four years. Every Winter Assize Order contains provisions for the payment of witnesses' expenses, and, having regard to the railway facilities for reaching Limerick, I do not think any real inconvenience has been caused by the holding there of the Winter Assizes. Many considerations, including the convenience of jurors, have to be taken into account in fixing the place of assizes, and it would not be possible to, give any general assurance of the kind suggested by the hon. Gentleman.