Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Persons Sent for Trial on Direction of Attorney General.

26.

asked the Minister for Justice the number of persons sent forward for trial on the direction of the Attorney General in pursuance of the provisions of section 62 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1936, in each of the years 1936 to 1961, inclusive.

The answer is as follows:—

one in 1937

two in 1948

four in 1950

two in 1954

one in 1955

one in 1957

three in 1960

and two in 1961

making a total of 16.

27.

asked the Minister for Justice the number of persons sent forward for trial on the direction of the Attorney General in pursuance of the provisions of section 62 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1936, in each of the years 1936 to 1961, inclusive, who were convicted of the charges made against them.

Answer is as follows:—

two in 1948

three in 1950

one in 1957

and one in 1961,

making a total of seven.

28.

asked the Minister for Justice the number of persons sent forward for trial on the direction of the Attorney General in pursuance of the provisions of section 62 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1936, in each of the years 1936 to 1961, inclusive, who were acquitted of the charges made against them.

The answer is as follows:—

one in 1937

one in 1950

two in 1954

one in 1955

and

three in 1960,

making a total of eight.

29.

asked the Minister for Justice the number of persons committed to prison in each of the years 1936 to 1961, inclusive, having been convicted of offences after being returned for trial on the direction of the Attorney General in pursuance of the provisions of section 62 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1936.

The answer is as follows:—

two in 1948

three in 1950

and

one in 1957.

One other person was given a suspensory sentence in 1961.

30.

asked the Minister for Justice whether any persons are at present imprisoned, having been convicted of offences after being returned for trial on the direction of the Attorney General in pursuance of the provisions of section 62 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1936.

The answer is none.

31.

asked the Minister for Justice whether his attention has been drawn to the remarks of the President of the High Court on the subject of section 62 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1936; and whether, in the light of these remarks, he will consider introducing legislation to amend this section and bring it more into line with the provisions of the Constitution.

Appeal to the Supreme Court has been taken in the case in question.