COUNTY COURTS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 1923.—FIRST STAGE.

MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS (Mr. Kevin O'Higgins)

I move that the leave of the Dáil be granted to introduce a Bill to remove certain difficulties in relation to the holding of Quarter Sessions and Civil Bill Courts, and the service of certain documents relating thereto.

This Bill will be a temporary one. It is a purely provisional measure and it is framed to meet two administrative difficulties in the conduct of the Courts. The first is the impossibility of holding Courts at the accustomed place, the place named by Statute, owing to the destruction of the building, or for some other good and sufficient reason; the second is the impossibility of personal service of documents in the usual way, owing to the absence of suitable process servers, or some other cause, and it is proposed to legalise service by post. These provisions were contained in a temporary Act which we passed in the last Session which has now lapsed. I ask for leave to introduce the Bill to meet those two difficulties.

Perhaps the Minister will inform me, does this Bill only refer to the interregnum between now and the time that the Courts of Justice Bill shall become law?

Mr. O'HIGGINS

That is correct.

Motion agreed to.

When will the Second Stage be taken?

Mr. O'HIGGINS

This may be regarded as an urgent Bill and it is already in print. I would be glad if the Second Stage could be taken the next day the Dáil meets.

Second Stage ordered for Wednesday, 10th October.