Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Criminal Justice Bill 2011: Committee and Remaining Stages
Denis O'Donovan (Fianna Fail)
I thank the Minister. Those of us on this side of the House are pleased that this legislation is about to come into force. It is not before time. I would like to mention one aspect of it that will be of practical importance to practising lawyers, gardaí and those prosecuting these crimes. The Minister has introduced a relatively simple mechanism that will allow the period of detention for questioning to be broken. It will be of great practicality when it is used by lawyers and gardaí. I hope it will benefit the course of justice.