Covid-19 Update – 7 January 2021
Hearings in Lansdowne House COVID-19 Protocols
Labour Court Covid-19 Update – 7 January 2021
In light of the Government announcement of the move to Level 5 restrictions, the Labour Court has ceased all physical in-person hearings at Lansdowne House. Hearings scheduled for the month of January 2021 are re-designated as online remote hearings in a virtual courtroom.
The Labour Court is a designated State Body empowered under the Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 to convene hearings in a virtual Court room.
If a hearing in which you are a party, or other necessary participant, has been scheduled to take place in Lansdowne House during January 2021, then this hearing will not take place in Lansdowne House but will instead take place by remote means online in a virtual courtroom on the same scheduled date and at the same scheduled time. To participate in a hearing in a virtual courtroom you will need internet access, and one of either a smart phone, a laptop, a tablet a desktop or any internet enabled device. Full instructions for accessing and connecting to a virtual courtroom hearing will issue to participants shortly.
Should an issue be raised in relation to fair procedure during the course of a virtual courtroom hearing the Court will take whatever steps it deems necessary, including adjourning to a physical in-person hearing at a later date.
Please note that virtual courtroom hearings already scheduled are unaffected.
The Court has prepared a user’s guide to virtual Labour Court Hearings and it is available here.
The COVID-19 protocols can be viewed here.