Sunday 22 October 2017

Susan Denham: Backlog is indefensible and unsustainable

A Court of Appeal would enable the superior courts to work better – improving access to justice for all, writes the Chief Justice

Susan Denham

IRELAND'S Supreme Court now deals with 10 times the number of cases that it did when the Constitution was drafted in 1937. The Court of Criminal Appeal receives seven times as many cases as then.

Last week as I attended the opening of the combined court office for Limerick and was examining all of the statistics of the courts, they illustrated that we should always remember each case involves a human story. Unfortunately, cases will wait for more than four years before they will be heard by our Supreme Court.

Such a wait creates effects beyond the frustration of delay. Sometimes it may hinder individuals, businesses, communities or families.

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