Thursday, 30 July 2020
Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Second Stage
I ask the Acting Chairman to allow me just a couple of minutes more as I have not addressed the most important point in regard to the coroner service. The relevant provisions in the Bill are targeted measures to address an emergency. The overall structure of the service needs a different and more fundamental reform that will ensure additional capacity. It is something I intend to deal with separately from this legislation.
There was a question about the provision in section 23 in regard to pretrial and post-trial hearings. I would like to confirm that this is merely to ensure that we can speed up a process. There are very significant safeguards within the legislation that will ensure nobody's time is taken up-----