Posted on: 27-May-2013
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Posted on: 21-Mar-2013
Justice Minister unveils referendum plan to tackle log jam after it emerged that some cases referred now won't be heard until mid-2017 AN AUTUMN referendum will pave the way for a new Court of Appeal that will stand between the High Courts and the Supreme Court., it emerged yesterday, as the Chief Justice Susan Denham launched a devastating critique of the highest court in the land, where some listed cases won't be heard until 2017. Ms Denham described the situation in the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal as "unsustainable" and "untenable". She told a Law Society seminar attended by the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: "It cannot be defended. "The most recent appeals from the general list that have been given dates were certified in July 2008. "All other things being equal and without any measure of priority, an appeal certified as ready yesterday is in danger of not being given a date until mid-2017 effectively a four-and-a-half year waiting time." Mr Shatter confirmed that the Government was working toward a referendum on the new Court of Appeal before the end of the year. It may also encompass other constitutional changes, including an amendment to allow for the establishment of a distinct and separate system of family courts to streamline family law court processes and make them more efficient and less costly. Other changes being considered by the Government are on the judicial declaration or oath. Mr Shatter said: "The issue concerns whether there should be a secular oath and, if so, whether this should be instead of the religious oath that is currently set out in Article 34 or as an alternative to that oath.” The Government is also examining the referral of bills to the Supreme Court by the President under Article 26 of the Constitution. The criticism of the delays in cases being heard in the highest court by Ms Denham was unusually trenchant, She said: "In 1968 there were seven high courts and one Supreme Court. In 2013, there are 36 High Courts and two courts possible in the Supreme Court - two divisions of the Supreme Court. "The only appellate court for these civil cases is the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is required to process in two courts appeals from 36 High Courts. "This creates a bottleneck in the Irish courts system. The Supreme Court does not have the capacity to process promptly the volume of civil cases appealed from the High Court." Ms Denham said that delays in cases being heard impacted on the economy. "Speedy resolution of disputes is important in a successful economy. In particular, at this time, there are many commercial cases before the courts." But the landmark address also carried a warning that it was critically important that any changes envisaged or planned for the courts do not impinge on the independence of the judiciary. "Any person in the State, who wishes to bring a case against, let us say, the Government, a minister, a State agency such as the HSE, a very powerful person… can commence their proceedings. "Then a judge will hear the case, determine the facts, apply the law without fear or favour and reach an independent decision. This independence of the judiciary is the right of the people in a democratic state," she said.
Posted on: 29-Aug-2011
It has been reported that the Minister of State for Housing, Mr. Willie Penrose, has asked the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) to investigate whether there is a need to introduce a deposit protection scheme for people who rent properties.
Posted on: 08-Aug-2011
It has been reported that Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is considering releasing long-term prisoners earlier than planned in an effort to ease prison overcrowding.
Posted on: 03-Aug-2011
Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Mr. Alan Shatter has signed into effect a measure which will assist juries in their deliberations in complex theft and fraud trials.
Posted on: 20-Jul-2011
According to news reports, the government has taken the necessary steps to advise President Mary McAleese to appoint Mrs. Justice Denham as the next Chief Justice. She will take over from the current Chief Justice Mr. Justice John Murray when his 7 year tenure comes to an end later this month.
Posted on: 18-Jul-2011
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has indicated that under forthcoming legislation the powers of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) will be increased.
Posted on: 18-Jul-2011
According to Carol Coulter of The Irish Times, the Bar Council has appealed to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to postpone changes in the criminal legal aid scheme until October so that discussions on alternative means of cost-saving can take place.