Court proceedings were disrupted on Monday after magistrates held an emergency meeting with the Chief Justice.

The morning’s plea court schedule did not take place and the day’s long list of hearings were put back.

The meeting of Magistrates and the Chief Justice was arranged at the last minute just before the courts were due to sit.

And it is understood the meeting revolved around the one unpaid workday that all Government workers agreed to take off earlier this summer as part of an agreement with unions. 

A Government spokesman said last night: “Yesterday (Monday), certain administrative matters in connection with the furlough day required the immediate attention of the magistrates in consultation with the Chief Justice.

“The relevant issues are being addressed and, ultimately, will be resolved so that the judiciary is better able to fulfil its mandate.

“Magistrates’ Court was open for business as usual today (Tuesday).”