Thursday 8 December 2016

Garda and DPP need proper resources to bring serious cases before Circuit Court

Remy Farrell

Published 10/11/2015 | 02:30

Given the savage cuts to the DPP’s budget, it is hardly surprising that the DPP has opted to prosecute most cases before the District Court, where the maximum penalty that can be imposed is 12 months
Given the savage cuts to the DPP’s budget, it is hardly surprising that the DPP has opted to prosecute most cases before the District Court, where the maximum penalty that can be imposed is 12 months

Last week, the Public Accounts Committee was told by a senior Department of Justice official that most burglaries are dealt with by the District Court and that it was the perception of the department that the judiciary didn't view burglary as a serious offence.

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Assistant Secretary General Jimmy Martin said that while it was feared judges had treated burglary as a non-serious offence, the department was not in a position to confirm this, due to the separation of powers.

The official has since apologised to the President of the District Court, Judge Rosemary Horgan.

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