New book: Judicial appointments are political, what's the harm, how might it be stopped ?

cyberianpan

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Yes



Hmmm



But wtf ?



Ah yes... Rugby School will do that

But come on...to deny a whole country a nice judicial appointments system ?

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The Judicial Appointments Bill has been a long time coming, and is still in bad shape

Appointments in the lower courts especially are usually on the basis of political patronage/tribe

Many have been made whilst this Bill has been gestating and more can be expected before the birth of the Act. The pace here is simply not good enough.

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The health of the Bill has not improved much

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Irish Times reporting Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has just said the bill needs further substantial amendment and will be delayed at least until the Autumn.

Comes after Senator Norris and ex PD current Senatoe Victor Boyhan submitted amendments to the bill and then withdrew them while Senator Michael McDowell, who has led the fillibuster of the bill was outside the chamber. Led to Flanagan saying it underlinede the status of McDowell's "underlings", and Ivana Bacik responded the remark was "uncalled for".

Expecting lawyers to support reform of the legal profession was always a big ask. We have the most expensive legal system in Europe and next to no transparency in how judges are appointed.

Comes as the Seanad debate on the bill finally moved onto the next stage after a debate of 100 hours (!). In total, 25 amendments were placed and then withdrawn, which allows them to be considered again at Report stage.
 
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Irish Times reporting Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has just said the bill needs further substantial amendment and will be delayed at least until the Autumn.

Comes after Senator Norris and ex PD current Senatoe Victor Boyhan submitted amendments to the bill and then withdrew them while Senator Michael McDowell, who has led the fillibuster of the bill was outside the chamber. Led to Flanagan saying it underlinede the status of McDowell's "underlings", and Ivana Bacik responded the remark was "uncalled for".

Expecting lawyers to support reform of the legal profession was always a big ask. We have the most expensive legal system in Europe and next to no transparency in how judges are appointed.

Comes as the Seanad debate on the bill finally moved onto the next stage after a debate of 100 hours (!). In total, 25 amendments were placed and then withdrawn, which allows them to be considered again at Report stage.
FRIVOLOUS COURT CASE SAGA
I've been following progress of a case through an acquaintance who knows the divorced couple in the case. Every two months or so for about two years, the wife has to return to court for new hearings thanks to the husband's lame excuses for refusing to hand over keys to the house and a series of silly objections he has been raising. The judge kept threating him with unspecified consequences if he refused to produce the keys but didn't carry out the threats.
It seems the judges can allow frivolous objections to delay a conclusion to hearings indefinitely. The main disincentive for such behaviour is court costs but the defendant in this case is obsessed with depriving his former wife of her share of the house.
This case reminded me of what an Irish law professor reportedly said to his law class to illustrate the law's delay (a phrase of Shakespeare): "If a man steals your house, just give it to him, don't go to court".
 
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Disgraceful shenanigans in the Seanad.

The govt accepted an amendment that states that the bill does not affect the powers of the govt to appoint judges. The bill was then armed through with a guillotine.

McDowell and co. Are saying this effectively neuters the bill. Hes fine with that of course as is I suspect Bacik.

Bill heading back to Dail. Will it keep the amendment or not? After FF/FG/Labour stymied the independent regulator for the legal profession, I suspect FG will call an election to stymie even this bill.
 


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