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Poll: Should the Special Criminal Court be abolished?

The court has been criticised by the United Nation’s Commission on Human Rights – but its purpose is to ensure juries are not intimidated.

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THE SPECIAL CRIMINAL Court, where John Dundon was convicted of the 2008 killing of rugby player Shane Geoghegan yesterday, has faced some criticism in the past due to its structure – it has a three-judge panel and no jury.

The UN Human Rights Committee has recommended it be abolished, while the Irish Human Rights Commission has also criticised the court.

The Irish Constitution guarantees a person the right to a trial by jury, but the SCC is used in extraordinary circumstances – such as terrorist and organised crime cases - to avoid issues such as intimidation of jury members.

What do you think: Should the Special Criminal Court be abolished?

Poll Results:

No (2579)
I don't know (2249)
Yes (309)

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