Friday, 6 September 2019

Ceisteanna (618, 683, 684)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

618. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the date of the establishment of the judicial council and thereafter the personal injuries guidelines committee in accordance with the Judicial Council Act 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35800/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

683. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the implementation of the Judicial Council Act 2019 with regard to the establishment of a judicial council and the development of personal injury guidelines by the council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36583/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

684. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps he is taking to facilitate the development of personal injury guidelines by the proposed judicial council as set out in the Judicial Council Act 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36584/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 618, 683 and 684 together.

In conjunction with the Courts Service, my Department is taking steps towards establishing the Judicial Council by the end of this year. This includes considering the practical arrangements for staffing and accommodation, which will need to be put in place before the Judicial Council is established.

The relevant Orders to commence the Judicial Council Act 2019 are expected to be made later this year.

In follow-up to the relevant recommendation of the Cost of Insurance Working Group chaired by Minister of State Michael D’Arcy TD, the Council will also include a Personal Injuries Guidelines Committee. This Committee has been mandated by the Oireachtas to prepare a draft of the personal injuries guidelines within 6 months of its establishment by the Council. Those guidelines will then have to be adopted by the Judicial Council which, under the terms of the Act, will be independent in exercising its functions.