The health of the Bill has not improved muchThe 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.
POPULIST MENACE TO JUDICIARYIt's worth remembering that Ireland ranks seventh in the world in terms of judicial independence.
FRIVOLOUS COURT CASE SAGAIrish 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 In total, 25 amendments were placed and then withdrawn, which allows them to be considered again at Report stage.