Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Ceisteanna (177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

177. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there is now a mechanism in place to inform all offenders of the cancellation petition policy of the fixed charge processing system as contained in recommendation 3.10 of the Garda Inspectorate report entitled The Fixed Charge Processing System: A 21st Century Strategy. [15583/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

178. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if cancellation authority in respect of fixed charge notices has now been centralised in the fixed charge processing office only as has been recommended in recommendation 3.8 of the Garda Inspectorate report entitled The Fixed Charge Processing System: A 21st Century Strategy. [15584/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

179. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he intends to bring forward legislation to clarify when and the way fixed charge notices can be cancelled on a discretionary basis as has been recommended in recommendation 3.2 of the Garda Inspectorate report entitled The Fixed Charge Processing System: A 21st Century Strategy. [15585/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

180. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the fixed charge processing system manual has been updated as has been recommended in recommendation 2.1 contained in the Garda Inspectorate report entitled The Fixed Charge Processing System: A 21st Century Strategy. [15589/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

181. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the Garda Síochána fixed charge processing office has introduced an electronic document scanning and management system as suggested in recommendation 2.8 contained in the Garda Síochána Inspectorate report entitled The Fixed Charge Processing System: A 21st Century Strategy. [15590/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

182. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a review of the summons serving process is being undertaken by An Garda Síochána to examine the reasons for the significant level of unserved summonses as referred to in recommendation 2.7 contained in the Garda Inspectorate report entitled The Fixed Charge Processing System: A 21st Century Strategy. [15591/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

183. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a system is now in place to ensure that retired members of An Garda Síochána or persons who cease to be members of An Garda Síochána for other reasons are deactivated on the PULSE system from the date the employee ceases to be a member of An Garda Síochána in accordance with recommendation 3.1 contained in the Garda Síochána Inspectorate report entitled The Fixed Charge Processing System: A 21st Century Strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15592/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 177 to 183, inclusive, together.

The Deputy will be aware that the Criminal Justice (Fixed Charge Processing System) Working Group has been established to oversee and facilitate the implementation of the recommendations of the Report of the Garda Inspectorate into the Fixed Charge Processing System. In doing so, the Group will have particular regard to the Action Plan, which I published on 12 March, 2014. The Group will report regularly to myself and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

The Action Plan sets out the position with respect to the Recommendations contained in the Report, including the Recommendations referred to by the Deputy above, and identifies whether they are actions which have already been taken or commenced by An Garda Síochána or envisaged to be dealt with within 6-8 weeks, in the medium or indeed in the longer term. In that regard items 2.7, 2.8 and 3.1 are identified as being already underway or for immediate commencement, items 2.1, 3.8, 3.10 are for implementation within 6-8 weeks whereas item 3.2 is a medium term objective.