Written Answers. - Courts Service.

Seán Ryan


111 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he has received a request from the Courts Service to change the law relating to the in-camera rule for family law cases, to allow the limited reporting of such cases as recommended by the sixth report of the working group on a courts commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27676/01]

I wish to inform the Deputy that a sub-committee of the Courts Service Board has been established to review the current procedure and manner in which family law is dealt with by the courts and to make recommendations to the board in relation thereto. If, arising from the work of this sub-committee, the board decides to make formal proposals to me in relation to legislative change or any other matters which may lie within my area of responsibility as Minister, I will, of course, give such proposals my full consideration. The sub-committee may, of course, also make recommendations for change which come under the statutory remit of the board itself and which may be implemented by the board.

I am informed that the review by the sub-committee of the Courts Service Board is ongoing.