Thursday, 11 July 2019
Courts (Establishment and Constitution) (Amendment) Bill 2019: From the Seanad
When is it likely these appointments will be made? We welcome the fact that the Court of Appeal will have six more members, but it is important to ensure they are appointed promptly. The delays in the court's list are currently of 18 months to two years. If the Minister could provide any information as to when the nominations will be made, I would appreciate it.
I acknowledge the importance of the legislation as part of the overall reform package and am very grateful to the House for facilitating its passage on the last day of the current Dáil term. I intend to set the wheels in motion to facilitate the appointment by the President of the new judges to the Court of Appeal in September. We are unlikely to have the process completed by the time of the final Cabinet meeting before then, which I expect to take place on the last Tuesday or Wednesday of this month. We are also unlikely to have a Cabinet meeting in August. As such, I hope to place the matter on the Cabinet agenda in early September.