A spokesperson for the Courts Service of Ireland says that the new courthouse will be able to cater for a much broader scope of legal cases and business.
The newly refurbished facility was officially opened this afternoon by Chief Justice of Ireland, Frank Clarke and Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan.
The new extended courthouse retains the original facade however it is now three times the size of the original building.
Head of Infrastructure Services with the Courts service, Paul Burns, says the new development will, “allow central criminal court and other courts to come here which in the past may not have had the capacity to cater for them.”
He gave WLR News details of the new courthouse, which include universal accessibility, as well as “improved jury facilities, a jury assembly area… improved custody facilities… improved facilities for the victims of crime and for vulnerable witnesses.”
He said that parts of the new courthouse will have historical significance for Waterford, inculcating the original facade which was designed by James Gandon in 1784, and the plaza which is built on the former site of the St. Catherine’s Abbey graveyard.