Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (179)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

179. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 447 of 30 April 2013, if the proposed reform cited by him in his reply in relation to the replacement of the poor box in courts with a statutory reparation fund has yet been initiated. [44987/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Work is at an advanced stage in my Department on the General Scheme of a Bill to replace the Probation of Offenders Act 1907 with modern provisions dealing with community sanctions, such as probation orders, and the role of the Probation Service in the criminal justice system. The Court Poor Box is also being examined in this context with a view to bringing forward proposals for a transparent statutory reparation scheme. I intend to bring proposals to Government on the matter as soon as possible, having regard to other legislative priorities.