Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (293)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

379 Mr. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will review and change the Supreme and High Court (Fees) Order 1989 by which a ship’s crew has to initiate legal proceedings to recover wages by an arrest and sale of a ship due to the fact that these State fees are levied before wages can be paid; and his views on whether such fees should be waived in these exceptional circumstances. [6559/04]

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

Court fees orders are made by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform with the consent of the Minister for Finance. The Supreme Court and High Court (Fees) Order — in common with other fees orders — provide that no fees shall be payable on any court document required in connection with various categories of proceedings, including family law cases and cases under the Guardianship of Infants Act. There are no proposals to amend the categories of proceedings for which fees are not payable to include the type of case referred to by the Deputy.