Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (387, 388)

Gerry Adams

Question:

387. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to bring forward legislation or regulations that deal with the position of the victim in the criminal justice process. [11438/13]

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Gerry Adams

Question:

388. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has given consideration to changes to the law which would allow the victim in a criminal case information in relation to the investigation and information in relation to the trial process. [11439/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 387 and 388 together.

Preliminary work is underway in my Department on the preparation of a Criminal Justice (Victims Rights) Bill. The Bill will strengthen the rights of victims of crime and their families and it will transpose the recently adopted EU Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime. It is not possible at this stage to indicate when the Bill will be published.