Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (78)

Liz McManus

Question:

75 Ms McManus asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the progress made by the Courts Service with regard the guidelines for members of the Garda acting as jury keepers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6234/04]

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

As the Deputy will appreciate, under the Courts Service Act 1998, the Courts Service is independent in the performance of its functions, including the management of the courts. The issue of security arrangements within the courts, including arrangements concerning juries, is a matter, in the first instance, for the Courts Service to consider. In this regard, I am advised by the Courts Service that it is currently in the process of producing guidelines for jury keepers. I am further advised that the Courts Service hopes to be in a position to finalise the guidelines in the very near future.