Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (60)

Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

52 Mr. J. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he supports the establishment of a permanent High Court in Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2380/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

It is a matter in law for the President of the High Court to arrange the distribution and allocation of the business of the High Court under section 10(3), Courts (Supplemental Provisions) Act 1961. As Minister, I have no role in the distribution or allocation of court business. Should the Judiciary decide that the High Court should be based, temporarily or permanently, in locations outside Dublin, I would support such arrangements as I did last year when the Judiciary decided that the Central Criminal Court should sit in Limerick to hear several local cases.

Question No. 53 answered with QuestionNo. 13.