Minister for Justice and Defence Alan Shatter has today (Wednesday) published a booklet aimed at providing clear fact-based information to voters about the proposed Court of Appeal.
Among the facts contained in the booklet, which you can download here are:
A Court of Appeal will modernise our court structure: The new Court will hear appeals from the High Court, freeing up the Supreme Court to deal with more complex constitutional and legal issues, and matters of general public importance. This proposal will deliver on a key Programme for Government commitment to modernise our court structure and to bring it into the 21st Century.
A Court of Appeal will allow for speedier access to justice: It can take up to four years for the Supreme Court to hear an appeal. Voting Yes on October 4 to establish a Court of Appeal will allow for speedier access to justice.
A Court of Appeal is essential to job creation: Having an efficient, functioning courts service is essential to attracting investment and creating jobs.
A Court of Appeal is in your interest and is fundamental to an efficient and humane court structure: It is in your interest, and in the interest of every person who resides in the State, that we have an efficient and humane court structure that does not add to the stress involved in court proceedings.
On the 4th of October, people will have an opportunity to Vote Yes in the Referendum to establish a Court of Appeal.