Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (89)

Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

87 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he proposes to introduce legislation relating to judicial conduct; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6164/04]

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

An Agreed Programme for Government contains a commitment to bring forward legislation to provide effective remedies for complaints about judicial misbehaviour including lay participation in the investigation of complaints.

Work on the development of the scheme of a Bill is under way in my Department. As indicated in the Government's legislative programme for the current Dáil session, published by the Government Chief Whip on 25 January last, I expect to seek Government approval to publish the Bill in the current year.