Written Answers. - Legislative Programme.

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

14 Ms O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when it is intended to introduce the Judicial Conduct and Ethics Bill, especially having regard to concerns regarding a number of recent statements by judges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17110/03]

An Agreed Programme for Government between Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats contains a commitment to bring forward legislation to provide effective remedies for complaints about judicial misbehaviour including lay participation in the investigation of complaints. I hope to be in a position to publish the Bill early next year.