Thursday, 26 February 2004

Ceisteanna (48)

Simon Coveney

Ceist:

46 Mr. Coveney asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, further to Parliamentary Question No. 72 of 29 January 2004, if he will give further details regarding his proposals for a fixed penalty procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6363/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

As I indicated in my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 72 of 29 January 2004, I am considering the introduction of a statutory provision allowing for a fixed penalty procedure in respect of certain lesser public order offences, which would enhance the power of the Garda to deal with such offences in an efficient and effective way and offer an alternative to a court prosecution. Such a procedure would be similar to the fixed penalty procedure in respect of road traffic offences whereby a person charged with a relevant offence is issued with a written notice indicating that if he or she pays the appropriate penalty this will avoid a prosecution before the courts.

The proposal is being considered in the context of the proposed Criminal Justice Bill which I expect to publish this session.