The first of a series of Central Criminal Court trials to be held in Castlebar courthouse is scheduled to get underway later today (Monday). Eleven jury trials in total are scheduled for the Mayo venue between now and Christmas.

The Central Criminal Court mainly hears murder and rape trials. Traditionally the court sits exclusively in Dublin but in recent years the court has sat in Castlebar, Limerick, Sligo, Ennis and Cork.

Juries for the Castlebar trials will be empanelled locally.

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