Seanad debates

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Bill 2017: Committee Stage


10:30 am

Photo of Victor BoyhanVictor Boyhan (Independent) | Oireachtas source

I move amendment No. 1:

In page 17, between lines 3 and 4, to insert the following:

“(1) The District Court may try summarily a person or body corporate charged with a summary or indictable offence under this Act if—(a) the Court is of opinion that the facts proved or alleged constitute a minor offence fit to be tried summarily,

(b) the accused, on being informed by the Court of his, her or its right to be tried with a jury, does not object to being tried summarily, and

(c) the Director of Public Prosecutions consents to the accused being tried summarily for the offence.”.

I welcome the Minister and his officials to the House. On the previous occasion, I indicated that I had some concerns about this issue and therefore this amendment should not come as a surprise. I spoke to a number of people in both Houses about the Bill and I also sought independent advice, although not legal advice, on the matter. I came away with the view that in terms of the importance of this issue, politicians cannot be above the law.


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