Residents of areas surrounding University College Cork have taken a case against a landlord for excessive noise allegedly caused by students living in his properties.
The case was listed for hearing at Cork District Court today.
However, Judge Con O'Leary adjourned proceedings to allow another judge to preside over the case, because of his concern that there would be a perception of a conflict of interest.
Judge O'Leary told the court that he once owned an apartment in the same area as a property owned by the landlord in the proceedings. He stated he no longer owned this property.
However, he said: "I don't want someone to say afterwards that we (the judge and the landlord) were friends."
"Judge Olann Kelleher does not know anyone involved."
The judge said he had read newspaper reports of the background to the case.
Solicitor David McCoy brought the action on behalf of two complainants, Sadie O'Mahony of Highfield West and Muiréad O'Callaghan of Connaught Avenue.
The action is in relation to complaints of noise from properties in their areas which are owned by Fachtna O'Reilly.
Mr O'Reilly was represented in court by solicitor Eamonn Murray.
The case was adjourned until 7 July before Judge Olann Kelleher at Anglesea Street courthouse in Cork city.
The residents' complaints have been brought under the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 in relation to noise disturbance.
The act specifies that such a case can be taken at district court level when the noise is so loud, so continuous, so repeated or of such duration or pitch, and which occurs at such times, "as to give reasonable cause for annoyance".