Thursday 8 December 2016

We elected politicians to legislate, not dither

Published 20/04/2016 | 02:30

'Clearly, legislation needs to be urgently enacted, except of course, we don’t have a government.' Photo: Tony Gavin
'Clearly, legislation needs to be urgently enacted, except of course, we don’t have a government.' Photo: Tony Gavin

If another anvil was required to fall from the heavens to shatter the complacency about the urgency of putting a government together, it landed with a legal jolt yesterday.

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According to Mr Justice Michael Moriarty, lay and professional persons involved in the criminal law arena "simply do not know at present where they stand."

His remarks were made in the specific context of the High Court declaring that the law governing the power of the courts to activate suspended sentences was unconstitutional.

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