Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Question 381: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he is considering ending the practice of Jurors in the Coroner's Court being appointed by the Gardaí in view of the fact that under this practice the same jurors must attend all inquests currently being held; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17445/11]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 378 and 381 together.
The Coroners Bill 2007 is before the Seanad having been restored to the Order Paper on my initiative. The Bill is in the course of being reviewed in my Department with a view, among other matters, to making it as cost-effective as possible. The jury system is also being examined.
In the meantime, I am providing for some early reform of the coroner system in the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2011 that was presented to the Seanad last week. Part 9 of that Bill provides for amalgamation of districts in Dublin and for certain other matters in relation to the filling of a vacancy of the office of coroner or deputy coroner.